Mum's the Word: S1E17 - Molly Dickins, Co-founder of &Mother Challenging Rampant Bias and Inequality

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We welcome Molly Dickens from &Mother as our guest this week. Molly is a PhD stress physiologist, maternal health advocate, co-founder of &Mother, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking down some of the barriers that keep women from ‘having it all’. Molly co-founded this organization with Alysia Montano, who you might know as one of the leading voices working for equal representation in sport for women and for mothers. Alysia started the #dreammaternity movement and her oped in the NY Times on her experience as a pregnant athlete dealing with a crumbling sponsorship deal with shoe wear giant, Nike, glaringly exposed the rampant bias and inequality toward women in sport.
&Mother envisions a world where women have the choice to pursue both career and motherhood without penalty or barriers. They want to see a workplace where mothers are leaders and sought after as employees, where motherhood is not a secret and women can openly express their needs without retribution. A society that is healthier and more productive because it values mothers and reflects the needs of modern families.
We discuss breaking down the stereotype of “mother” and building awareness about the barriers currently faced by mothers in the workforce in all industries. The motherhood penalty is explained in some detail, &Mother is working to create safe spaces for women in sport, including lactation stations at major sporting events.
This is our #GivingTuesday episode and we are delighted to be highlighting this non-profit as one of the many option for the Mum’s the Word followers.
Hosts: Sarah Newberry Moore & Pam Relph Jones
Podcast length: 66 mins
Music: Volver by Paula van Hissenhoven
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