Joeli Brearley

Joeli Brearley


Joeli Brearley has spent her career working in the arts and digital technology, managing complex innovation processes and projects.

When she was 4 months pregnant with her first child she was exposed to the detrimental impact motherhood can have on a woman’s career. Shocked and hurt by her own experience, then subsequently appalled by the stories she went on to hear, she decided that something needed to be done. Joeli set up Pregnant Then Screwed in March 2015, a project and campaign designed to expose the systemic problem of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the UK. First and foremost Pregnant Then Screwed is a place for women to tell their stories anonymously and in their own words. This is not only a cathartic way for women to release some of the bruising experienced but it also gives the victims a voice. The project quickly generated a huge response in the UK and soon requests started pouring in from other countries for their own version of the campaign.

Joeli continues to campaign for the rights of women to have children and a successful career.

She is currently working on her first book where she will explore this global problem, its impact on women, society at large and on the economy, why we need to address the issue, what responsibilities lie with Government, employers and employees, and how together we can make a case for recognition, respect and change.

Joeli has written articles on the topic for publications including The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Telegraph.

Joeli Brearley @Joeli_Brearley

When will Nike empower mothers? Latest piece up on @forbes, examining Nike’s latest Mother’s Day ad in light of the brand’s maternity discrimination controversy. Some day soon, brands will learn business culture must live up to #purposemarketing

My lovely, kind, generous friend @bhaesa is critically ill and is being threatened with deportation. If the home office is successful it is likely she will die as they can't treat her in India. Please, please, please sign this petition

Oh my oh my @LauraPidcockMP I thought I couldn't love you more and then you wrote this:

When I was breastfeeding I took my baby everywhere with me, including: breastfeeding on stage while chairing a panel @FuturEverything conference, attending a BBC conference, & doing radio & TV interviews. Noone said it was disruptive or unprofessional @PlayWales because it wasn't

Newcastle - I'm keynoting this brilliant conference with @TWAMmuseums come!

I cannot wait for this. The words of @SophieRunning always fill me with hope and vigor

Love hearing @ayeshahazarika on @LBC - more brilliant women on the radio please

What was your return to work after maternity leave like? Whats your experience as a parent in the workplace? How can our employers improve?
Great action for change from @Joeli_Brearley
#inclusionmatters #inclusiveleadership

Join me on Sat 11th May in #Manchester for #PregnantThenScrewedLive, the UK Festival of #Motherhood & Work - with over 50 speakers, sessions on everything from confidence, to entrepreneurship to relationships. Kids are of course welcome. Tickets & info:

A word of warning to anyone shortlisted for a @NorthPowerWomen award. Don't assume you definitely haven't won, down almost a bottle of wine before the award is announced, then proceed to talk about your breasts repeatedly during the proceeding interview

Our house is on the market. I'm devestated we have to leave it. If you want to live on the very best street with the most wonderful neighbours then this is the house right here

After some of my heroes, @CandiceAboderin and Mars Lord, have been on the tele box talking about why 5 times as many black women die in childbirth than white women, I wanted to share this incredible article with you all (thanks @tomHigham)

Today we speak to #RealLifeRoleModel @Joeli_Brearley @PregnantScrewed about what equality means, what drives her and her forthcoming festival of Motherhood and Work event 'Pregnant Then Screwed Live' in May. Read full blog here #changemakers #WomensRights

I've written an article for @hoop about my experience of post natal mental health issues and what I wished I had done to try and ease the burden

The rise of the cleaning influencer has baffled and irritated me in equal measure, but @marisajbate always says it best

I cannot begin to imagine how this woman feels. Please sign the petition to help Victoria get her daughter back

I will be answering any questions about pregnancy or maternity discrimination, Pregnant Then Screwed Live, the pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre, whatever you like! Over on @MumsnetTowers from 4.30pm. Just post as a comment