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'Being a mum held me back at work'

From BBC - December 6, 2017

Laura Davies spent six years working for the same retailer without being promoted despite her responsibilities increasing significantly in this time.

When Ms Davies asked her manager why she had not progressed, she was told "I was not really the management type".

The 27-year-old mother, who works part time, is one of many women whose caring responsibilities have held them back.

One in four firms consider if a woman has young children or is pregnant in promotion decisions, a study suggests.

The research from charity Young Women's Trust - based on interviews with 800 managers by polling firm YouGov - found that a significant number were hesitant about hiring women in their 20s and 30s who might have children in the future.

The charity, which works to support women aged 16-30 on low pay,is urging firms to recognise that making hiring or promotion decisions based on such factors is illegal.

Ms Davies, who has a seven-year-old child with her partner, eventually left her retail role to do freelance online marketing.

"I came to the realisation that because I was part time, that I would never be considered for promotion. I realised it was not the right environment for me," she says.

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