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I'm so excited about this. I got them to agree to add a line in every job advertisements that we "Welcome applicants that have chosen a career break for parenting or caring" This is a for a company that employs about 15,000 in the UK I left my last job because they asked me to fudge the number of women we employ to include transwomen and when I refused I was treated very poorly. I got a new job and I couldn't be happier today.

I'm so excited about this. I got them to agree to add a line in every job advertisements that we "Welcome applicants that have chosen a career break for parenting or caring" This is a for a company that employs about 15,000 in the UK I left my last job because they asked me to fudge the number of women we employ to include transwomen and when I refused I was treated very poorly. I got a new job and I couldn't be happier today.

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[–] How [OP] 26 points (+26|-0)

We are also adding a session devoted to the subject of the untapped labour market in the monthly managers briefing. HR is talking about deconstructing CVs to remove time gaps if this doesn't work. That isn't something we will rush into. Because those time gaps often make us better at our jobs. I want more time to think about that.

[–] DaughtersOfLilith 15 points (+15|-0)

This makes me think about a book I picked up from a Little Free Library recently called Maternal Thinking by Sara Ruddick - and it is the first time I have heard anyone talk about how the work of mothering provides key skills that change our thinking in valuable ways. Just reading the description of the book felt like a revelation. The author talks about it in terms of Peace Building, which I love, but I think an important case can be made for the skill set of mothering (flexibility, patience, broad competency, etc) having direct advantages for the workforce as well.

[–] How [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

Peace building is actually one of my key skills and I didn't know how to do it before motherhood.

[–] Avadavat 14 points (+14|-0)

Well done, you! And, thanks for standing your ground when your former employer wanted to include men who self-identify as women among its women employee stats. That could not have been easy.

[–] How [OP] 10 points (+10|-0) Edited

It wasn't easy. It was awful. I'd been working on bringing more diverse voices into our company for 2 years. It was a sea of white men and we weren't reaching a large portion of our potential customers. I spent most of my time promoting new voices. I refused to comply on this and they removed me from all the working groups. They sat me down and tried to get me to stop being so stubborn. Here's the thing, we had one TiM and someone said that there was another one that wasn't out yet. The TiM was hired 20 years ago, educated as a man, worked as a man, was promoted as a man, 2 years ago became a "woman". The other one might as well have been imaginary. I worked in Sports so being raised as a man is a huge advantage. The BAME people I was was working with were furious but were quickly silenced.

[–] GenderHeretic 8 points (+8|-0) Edited

they asked me to fudge the number of women we employ to include transwomen and when I refused I was treated very poorly.

But I was assured that no one would use "trans inclusive" statistics to hide and facilitate discrimination against women!

Well done getting the new company to be more welcoming of women!

[–] [Deleted] 11 points (+11|-0)

Hahaha! My husband is a HS teacher for an engineering class, which is unsurprisingly full of boys. This year, there is a TiM and a TiF enrolled. To make it look like there are more girls in the class, the school is counting both of them as girls.

[–] GenderHeretic 5 points (+5|-0)

What a corrupt load of shit that school is. I bet they want the bragging rights for being "trans inclusive", as well, despite being violently exclusionary to the TIF in their stats.

[–] How [OP] 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

Hearing that made me very angry. I'd be making a huge fuss and would have to find a new job again. I don't think I'm cut out for this. I'm definitely going to the gulag.

[–] Cornelia241 5 points (+5|-0)

THANK YOU!!!!!!!! amazing!!! I have spent the last "7 years" in a PhD... where I am actually taking care of my kids and working very slowly towards my degree. This looks awful on my CV, when the truth is I've been working very hard! Just because I haven't been receiving money doesn't mean I'm not working my butt off! Thanks for helping your company see this...

[–] Mafalda 3 points (+3|-0)

That is excellent! You’re doing good work for women!

[–] [Deleted] 3 points (+3|-0)

Good for you! If everyone who was GC stood up to the cowardly companies we'd have this entire movement of men claiming to be women in statistics stamped out in a matter of weeks. You really are brave and you did a good think for women going back into the workforce.

[–] courage2courage 3 points (+3|-0)

You're doing amazing work, thank you so much for taking a stand and making a difference to women!

[–] [Deleted] 3 points (+3|-0)

Wow. I'm in the UK and been working from home for a while. Huge gap in my CV to the point I felt like I shouldn't even bother trying to ever get another 'actual' job again. So this is really heartening to see. Thank you so much for standing up for women. <3

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