Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One way to genuine gender equality

Thanks to Keris Stainton on Twitter, who pointed me in the direction of this post by Joanna Goddard showing Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli taking her baby into the European Parliament.

This was as a form of protest for women's rights, but to be honest, I don't think we're going to get much progress on balanced representation until this is the norm and politics becomes much more family friendly.


Jennie Rigg said...

And yet it's still woman-as-sole-carer.

It'd be nice to see the Cameron do that.

Unknown said...

I think Cameron would quite like to, and Nick too for that matter. If I were an MP I might ask him that at PMQs.

It is most often the woman who does most of the care in the early days - and often it's their choice and they do it quite happily. I'd have been quite distressed if I'd been separated from my baby for any length of time when she was 6 weeks old.

Until we find a way of the care of children being seen as the norm and not something that's done at the fringes of life, we're never going to get anywhere.


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