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

I was lucky enough to be part of a leadership course with Shaista recently. She really is incredible. If you live in Nottingham then I would highly recommend voting for this brilliant woman

Dear @Afzal4Gorton please don’t vote for this deal. I’m counting on you

Founded by @Joeli_Brearley - the driving force behind @PregnantScrewed - we’re building on our experience of working with pregnant women and new mums to create a range of support for employers across the UK #flexibleworking #returntowork #genderingchange

Hi York folk. @Joeli_Brearley is giving a talk tonight at this in case anyone interested quite how much BREXIT is going to specifically impact women…. not too cheery but pretty important.

Working on this piece was completely eye-opening - I’d normally try to avoid using ‘shocking’ in a headline, but that’s what these stories are. @PregnantScrewed @Aceil @Joeli_Brearley are doing incredible work

Shout out to @Joeli_Brearley who is doing so much to highlight the bullshit so many women have to face in the workplace. This shit happens every day folks - please don’t be complicit by watching it happen to your colleagues and not saying anything.

#MeToo two years on: 'Why 12 women are gagging our social media accounts for 12 hours today' | @Joeli_Brearley

Two years since #metoo began and women still face discrimination, harrassment, pregnancy discrimination & intimidation in the workplace. Read more in this excellentarticle from @PregnantScrewed @Joeli_Brearley in the Telegraph

My pal @BeeRowlatt has written a bloody play - and you absolutely MUST go and see it. - Join us at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday, 30th September to celebrate human rights pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft.

York people. I will be talking at this @WEP_UK event about how Brexit will / could impact women on 17th October. Come come come

'This moment radicalised me' @Joeli_Brearley tells her story of how she went from ordinary to activist at #Connects19

I have spent the majority of the year laying in the bath crying. I just went on @VictoriaLIVE to talk about my experience as a rape survivor.

pls pls click the link and sign my petition to stop counselling notes of rape survivors being used in court ❤️

Can't wait to read this - @Joeli_Brearley is a total legend.

.@simonschusterUK has landed “the #MeToo reckoning for mothers” by writer and activist @Joeli_Brearley:

.@Dr_Black gets my vote. Every time

I've worked with @AmyMcKeownUK & @Joeli_Brearley in very different parts of my life and so am so inspired by their work campaigning for mothers' rights in the workplace: