March of the Mummies was a demonstration by Pregnant Then Screwed on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at 12 midday. It took place in six cities across the UK and one city in California. The demonstration demanded recognition, respect and change for working mums, and dads.
The main demonstration started on Trafalgar Square and we marched to Parliament Square where we presented MPs with 5 demands for change.
Sister marches took place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester. Families dressed up as mummies (the walking dead kind) to represent the archaic legislation that is currently in place, and of course it was Halloween! Each march was family friendly and although the subject matter is very serious, the marches were fun events with face painters and music.
Our 5 demands:
Increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months
Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted
Give both parents access to 6 weeks parental leave paid at 90% of salary
Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay
Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years
Attendees included celebrities, politicians, influencers and high profile organisations as well as hundreds of people who want to see change. These included:
Helen Skelton (TV presenter), Manjinder Virk (actor and director), Sophie Walker (Leader of the Women’s Equality Party), Leanne Wood (Leader of Plaid Cymru), Ivana Bartoletti (Chair of the Fabien Women’s Network), Caroline Lucas MP, Jess Phillips MP, Afzhal Khan MP, Jo Stevens MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Mike Amesbury MP, Ellie Reeves MP, Kate Green MP, Mother Pukka (132k followers on instagram), Susie Verrill (62k followers on instagram), TobyandRoo (99k followers on instagram), Candice Braithwaite (15.3k followers on instagram), Alison Perry (17.9k followers on instagram), Clemmie Telford (54.6k followers on instagram), Too Much Mothering Information (12k followers on instagram)
Across the 6 events there were over 1000 people marching and thousands more participated online.
Who pledged their support?
Keira Knightley, Stacey Solomon, Angela Raynor MP, Clive Lewis MP, Beverly Turner
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The Guardian, Financial Times, BBC, Channel 5 News, Good Morning Britain, 5 Live (breakfast and daily), Vogue, Refinery 29, Elle Magazine, The Pool, Telegraph (3 articles including: Everything you need know, I’m marching because and I lost my job), Manchester Evening News, I News, Sluggertoole, Families online, The Journal, Newsflare, Huffington Post, Window to the Womb, BBC Radio Wales, Cavospedia, Narc Magazine, Honest Mum, Global Radio North East, Metro Radio, BBC Radio Newcastle, Chronicle, Clyde News, International Business Times, Evening Times, Birth and Baby Network, Good to Know, North East Connected, Slick Mummy, View Digital, Morning Star,
Globally, Pregnant Then Screwed was mentioned in 138 articles on the day of the march.
There were 1035 instagram posts about March of the Mummies and the hashtag #marchofthemummies was trending on twitter.
Our petitions have been signed by more than 84,000 people
The next day... March of the Mummies was raised as a direct question to Theresa May in Prime Minister’s Questions. She was asked if she had our demands and what she plans to do about the inaccessibility of shared parental leave.