Warning: Minor political rant!
This is not what I had in mind when I chose the title “No Job for Mom” for this blog.
Below is a snippet of an article that appeared yesterday on the Emirates 24/7 News website. It doesn’t need much of an introduction:
Mayor no job for mom: Berlusconi
Sexism row in Italy over comments of three-time former premier
Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Silvio Berlusconi sparked fury on Tuesday by claiming that being mayor of Rome was ‘no job for a mother’ while backing a male candidate who advised a pregnant rival to stick to breastfeeding.
The three-time former premier claimed the task of cleaning up the scandal-hit capital would be too much for far right candidate Giorgia Meloni, who is due to give birth soon after the election in May or June.
“A mother cannot dedicate herself to a terrible job and running Rome today is terrible job which will require 14 hours a day in the office,” Berlusconi said.
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I hate politics because all too often real causes get buried in the less than above-board political shenanigans. Having said that, I’ll respond to Mr. Berlusconi by listing the names of a few moms that have tackled much more than what he gives us credit for:
- Corazon Aquino
- Benazir Bhutto
- Indira Gandhi
- Golda Meir
- Michelle Obama
- Pritbha Patil
- Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Nawal El Saadawi
I’ve plucked a few names from a very, very large pool of leader moms. We moms can do whatever we set our minds to do!
End of political rant.