Friday, January 9, 2009

Women weigh in on Dati

Rachida Dati, France's Justice Minister, has returned to work just five days after giving birth by C-section, and the French and British papers are all over it. In The Guardian, a bunch of women give their views about what this means for women and for the future of maternity leave, de jure and de facto. Here's a sample:

This is not a case of women wanting it all. It is important to attract the most talented people to business and public life. Some of those people will be women who want to have children. Many women are already opting out of the competitive race for the top because it involves too many sacrifices. As a society, we should encourage our leaders to show that it is possible to take proper maternity leave and hold down a high-profile job.

And there are of course some very valid counter-arguments. Check it out.

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