09 January 2009

Dati back at work and causing more firestorms

French Justice Minister, Rachida Dati has returned to work 5 days after having a caesarean section and giving birth to her first daughter...

And the 'French feminists' (sure, blame the femmos) are enraged and Dati for setting a poor example. French women are entitled to 16 weeks paid maternity leave.

"This is scandalous," said Maya Sturduts from the National Collective for the Rights of Women.

"Employers can now use this to put pressure on women", she said, especially during the current tough economic times when employers may be looking for excuses to cut staff.

Others are claiming that Dati 'had' to return to work, lest she lose her place in male-dominated political circles.

Not sure how I feel. Pregnancy is not an illness. Women shouldn't be judged for returning to work quickly. On the other hand, it would be so sad to think that this women, upon the joyous birth of her first child, felt she would lose her credibility as a politician if she took the maternity leave she is legally entitled to take.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8mnhax

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I guess nobody's ever likely to know why she chose to return to work so soon after giving birth - it is her personal business, after all. If she did feel pressured into an early return to make her position more secure, then that is a shame - but maybe that's not it, who knows?

Whatever the underlying reason, returning to work was her choice. I thought the point of feminism was about women having the freedom to make choices without being attacked for them? For women to be criticising her because she ought to be spending longer at home with her baby - that sounds a lot like taking away a woman's choice.

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