The pregnant Ministra

carme.jpgI was reading the International Herald Tribune the other day and the photo on the front page really struck me. It was the photo of Carme Charcon, the new Spanish Defense Minister, inspecting her troops. That in itself is not really that remarkable, but what is remarkable is that she is 7 months pregnant!

I really can’t decide what my opinion on the matter is. On the one hand, I love the idea of women holding powerful positions in the government, and Carme Charcon sounds like a very capable person to spearhead a defense ministry. She is described as the rising star of the Spanish Socialist Party and has been involved in politics on a national level for years. On the other hand, I have a one-week-old baby and I can tell you that there is no way that I am capable of making any major decisions, let alone making calls about the defense of a country.

I would love to hear what other people think…

- Emilie

7 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Michela | April 22, 2008 |

I’m still not able to make any major decision and my daughter is nearly 5 months old. BUT not everybody is the same. I have read that she will delegate everything to the husband who will take as much paternity leave as he can. She’ll try to be away from work as little as possible.
Some mothers decide to stop working for ever, some basically never stop.
But I think it’s good that there are women in power, and women that still choose to be women and have children instead of behaving like (better looking) men.
In italy so many women are still fired or not hired because of a pregnancy…. I think Zapatero has been brave!

2. Maria | April 22, 2008 |

I wonder if this is her first baby. I certainly felt invincible when I was pregnant with my first. Of course all that changed the minute she was born :-) I really thought my life was not going to change. I had no clue!

3. Courtney | April 22, 2008 |

I think it’s fantastic! And she looks really cute!
But I can’t help thinking what’s going on in the minds of those men who she has all lined up!

4. Esther | April 22, 2008 |

I think she can manage. I believe it’s great that Zapatero decided half of his cabinet members should be women. And of course it’s maybe ‘unhandy’ that Charcon is pregnant – but this is what happens to women.
If she knows for certain that her baby will be in the best care possible (in her husband’s care), I think she should be able to focuss on her job 100%. It’s not a choice I would make, but I think it should be a choice that COULD be made.
Brava, Spain!

5. Britta | April 23, 2008 |

She’s a wonderful example for the world! I’m not sure I could handle it, but every woman is different and it’s great that she has the opportunity, courage and stamina. Buena suerte, Carme!

6. Emmanuelle | April 23, 2008 |

I think it’s a good thing that a country defense can be managed by a women and further more by a mother… I hope so !

7. Victoria | April 25, 2008 |

For myself – I have trouble getting dressed in the mornings and my girls are 4 1/2 (years) and 15 (months)! I do, however have a dear Spanish friend in London and she has 3 children. She has worked (in investment banking) throughout all pregnancies and returned to work quickly after each child. She does, of course, have help from nannies, but she works early and finishes at 5:30 (almost unheard of in that industry) and is at every school fete with baked goods, runs every children’s party herself, is there for all the meetings – she runs on so little I can’t believe how she does it all. Maybe it’s in the Spanish bloodlines?! and, I might add, her children are gorgeous!

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