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Monday, October 11, 2010

Babywearing in Parliament

This September, Licia Ronzulli, Italy's MEP, attended a voting session of European Parliament with her baby girl in order to draw attention to women's rights.

Bravo.

(Photo by Reuters/Vincent Kessler, via Capucha. This photo has made the blog rounds, but I can't help re-posting)

83 comments:

Leigh said...

Hooray! Let's hope this raises awareness of the need for more baby + mama-friendly work environments.

Tracey said...

Amazing!

a lovely being said...

oh my gosh, this is amazing! thank you for posting : )

Diana Mieczan said...

I also say: bravo! Its an incredible photo:)
How was you weekend,Joanna? Did you want the Thomas Crown Affair?

Diana Mieczan said...

watch:)

Noodles and Waffles said...

What a fabulous image and statement.

Jill Turner said...

Maybe this will catch on in the US and we will have more female Representatives and Senators!

Dancing Branflake said...

Bravo indeed. And what a sweet and precious baby.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Good for her! *Applause*

heidi adnum said...

Great to see. Go women!

Annie said...

Supporting women's issues and an adorable baby picture? This photo is full of awesome.

EvenAndy said...

YAY! I think that it is cool that she used that moment to make a statement for Women's Rights! The baby is so cute and cozy:)

Prippy Handbook said...

Fantastic! Can you imagine one of our members of Congress doing the same? Wish we saw more of this to raise awareness across the globe.

Sarah @ Natural History said...

That absolutely wonderful to see - good for her! (And it would seem that her baby is the perfect age for doing that too - I used to walk around secretly nursing my baby in the wrap at that age!)

britni @ Antika Moda said...

That's incredable and adorable!

Anonymous said...

She is not the first.
It was done two years ago in Lithuania.
One of the new parlament member took
her baby in to the first parlament meeting.
And you can see it on the video in the article:
http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/article.php?id=19139828

abigail said...

wonderful!

Kwana said...

She is getting it done!

Anonymous said...

i agree this is sweet, but babies do not have a place in the workplace. i'm a dentist, and i don't how many of you will like me to do your root canal whilst i have a baby strapped onto my back.....my partner is a doctor, and again i don't think any of you would appreciate him having a cot in the consulting room or operating theatre whilst he is seeing you. why should a politician be any different?

i think it is essential that workplaces are supportive of mothers (including maternity leave etc etc) and their particular needs, but having your baby with you at work is unfortunately not a good idea, despite the 'cute' factor.

so lets not get too carried away with this image...

- jessica.

Ana Degenaar said...

Double Bravo! Love this!

Studio 13 said...

Love it.

nikaela marie said...

awesome

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

As it should be.

Anonymous said...

I'm Canadian and proud of it! Canadian mothers have the option of taking one year off to stay-at-home with their baby. We are govt. subsidized and in some workplaces you get 100% of your take home pay. My point: Women should have the option to stay at home with their babies for longer than three months. Most babies are not sleeping through the night and if you're at work it's unlikely that you're putting in 100% because you're sleep deprived.

Nat said...

A lot of women work in cane fields or construction sites with babies strapped to their backs. At least this woman can do it sitting down in a climate-controlled environment as a choice, rather than as a fact of life.

I realize that this is your personal blog, but I wish that, as you focus on parenthood and families, you would make an effort to include images of families of color and same-sex/single parent familes too. There are so many ways to be a family that don't get reflected in this space.

Maki said...

YES!!! *and look how cute the little baby - sound asleep and so peaceful. Mama's heatbeat is the best..

Novelista Barista said...

thats awesome

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

I'm so glad you reposted this, I had not seen it yet! What a lovely testament to motherhood!

Katie said...

So sweet!

Melissa Blake said...

Lovely photo! Nice to see the issue brought to the forefront!

e.day said...

wow! that is truly awesome! thanks for sharing, i hadn't seen that yet :)

Stephanie said...

awesome awesome awesome. thanks for posting!

hi, it's hanna. said...

That is so cute!

But the comments confuse me a little, in germany the mother (and the father as well) has the chance to stay at home up to three years and she/he is able to keep his/her job and come back if he/she wants to..isn't that possible in the us?


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Ashley said...

I was about this re-post this too! It's so important to advocate for the motherhood/professional balance. As I think about my career and my future kids, it's hard not to worry about sacrificing one or the other, but this kind of message gives me hope!

Chiara said...

This picture is amazing, it makes me happy to see attention brought to women's rights!!!
xoxo
www.joiedevivre-chiara.blogspot.com

Chiara said...

while i think the message is great and all, i think that there is a time and place for everything. i conduct a lot of meetings and personally the last thing i want i my meeting is a crying baby. i don't mind having a daycare set up in the work place where mothers can tend to their children, or having a designated place in the office where they can go if their child is crying.

with that said, i grew up in a third world country and my teachers would breast feed in front of us. i thought that this was a great thing. if the baby cried, there was a room in the school where she could tend to the child.

i think a good balance and respect for the mother/father AND the ones who choose not to have or bring a child to the work force should be taken into consideration. for some people, work is refuge from the noise at home. but yes, i do feel that family is first.

Angela said...

Good for you Joanna! Everybody should see this.

Laura said...

Well- we must contextualise the story. This woman is a member of Berlusconi's party, a party that promotes a conservative, gendered and stereotyped image of women (women as mothers and housemakers, with long flowing hair and always lipstick at hand). Which is a perfectly reasonable choice on the part of many women, but cannot be branded as the "correct" way of being a woman. Many women choose not to have children and are exactly as worthy of being considered women as mums are.

Yes, daycare should be provided for every single child, and yes, maternity leaves are extremely important. But so are PATERNITY leaves. Moreso, even, because without equal paternity and maternity leave true equality cannot be achieved both in social roles and the workplace. The obvious example of this is the Scandinavian model.

I think it would've been much more groundbraking if the MEP carrying his baby in Parliament would've been a man.

Monica said...

Wonderful :)

Grace said...

So great.

Sammi said...

love that.

Brittany said...

Love Love Love

Anonymous said...

It's horrible to hear that mothers in the USA only have 3 months maternity leave. Thats way too short. Here in Iceland we get 9 months. 3 months for the mother, 3 for the father and 3months that the parents can divide between themselves. No mother should be taken away from her child at 3 months !

Naysel said...

Wow I love women like this! Gives me motivation to stand up for whats right! Thanks for this post!

Anne said...

This is fantastic! It just became clear that our new Dutch government will have only two female ministers, which is such a shame. I love women like this for trying to break barriers! Thanks Licia!

Shannon Gray said...

I love it!!

Rachel said...

i LOVE this!! so inspirational!

Anonymous said...

This is obnoxious. Children have no place at work with either their mother or father. I don't see what this has to do with women's rights, unless it has something to do with maternity leave, which I support 100%. But from what I have read it seems like she is drawing attention to the issue of bringing a child to work. I will never expect to be able to bring my daughter to work with me nor will I ever feel that has anything do with with my rights as a women. I think some women and men fall off their rocker a bit after becoming a parent and feel like they are entitled to more than any other human being.

A Busy Catholic Girl,Sparkly Sarah and The Sports Guy said...

awesome picture

Alleen said...

Love it! Those that have negative words must have NOT been hugged as a child.

Thanks for posting!!!

Cheers!

Amanda Swann said...

I have seen it when mothers do not get paid maternity leave and cannot afford to stay home with their babies. Returning to work before even having a chance to let your body heal let alone bond with your baby is heartbreaking. I've always had an issue with this, so I think this is an awesome image to see.

Calmly Chaotic said...

I think that this is great that she is not only bringing her baby to the meeting, but also promoting baby wearing!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Thanks for posting this, Joanna. Whlie I only was able to take 5 weeks off with my first child (at 50% pay, without being able to heal from my emergency C-Section), my husband is a professor and gets either one full semester off (with full pay) or half a teaching load for 2 semesters (with full pay). I do the hard work, he gets the time off :-)

I'm fortunate now that I work for myself, and occassionally I have to take one of my children with me to meetings. If a client has a problem with that, they aren't my client for long. Besides a better work-life balance, I'm also proving to my children and other women that you don't have to choose, and you can have everything in life as long as you work hard.

I think it's great that all POVs are being discussed here, even though they create tension. But that is the only way for things to change! No matter what "side" you take on this issue, please just keep the conversation going and be proud that you live in a society that allows you to do so!

mandyface said...

LOVE this. So much.

Sarah Jio said...

LOVE this. Bravo! xo

LP said...

Brava!!!!!!!

TheBeautyFile said...

LOVE! And here I am...afraid to bring my breast pump to grad school...I feel liberated!

KF said...

Sadly, Australian parliamentarians' experiences haven't been so positive: http://www.theage.com.au/national/senator-humilated-over-babys-ejection-20090618-clye.html and http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/labor-mp-rita-saffioti-wants-her-baby-in-parliament/story-e6frg13u-1225835110539.

Amanda* said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!

chelsea said...

awesome.

rebekah said...

love love love this! thanks for sharing!

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

SO great.. some of the comments are wonderful and insightful too.. Because sometimes, you just gotta wear two hats (or forty two!)

xoxo

Sara said...

i LOVE this. but, why not every day?? why not here in the US?
i am a self-employed consultant and took my baby girl to client meetings when she was quite small. all my clients were fine with it but they were also womens shelters and advocacy groups who would be ok with it...how i wish this were the norm not the exception!
love your blog too, by the way. from a first-time poster..

emily said...

i love her for this.

Nicole said...

This is great. I hate to be a naysayer, but I had my baby here in Italy and I can say that most Italian mothers do not breastfeed or babywear, and seem in a big hurry to go back to work almost right away- I was very shocked to find this out. The culture around parenting here is not at all what I expected. The nurses chided me for holding my baby after I gave birth in the clinic, they said it would be "spoiled" by the time I got home. I was also the only one in the clinic who roomed in with my baby. All the other babies slept soundly on formula in the nursery while I was struggling to try to get my newborn to latch on with no help from the nurses. Wish more of Italy had a clue.

Alla said...

Yeah, i have to agree with the anonymouses on this one. Honestly, babies at work? Are we supposed to applaud her lack of professionalism.

I really don't get what her statement is, but for most women around the world being able to have a safe place for your baby to be at while you're at work is the ultimate blessing.

Bethany Struble said...

amen to that!

liv said...

Italy is a place that is great for vacation but not for motherhood...Babies at work, it totally depends on what job it is no?!

At least two years of paternity and maternity to everyone! You are only that small once in life...

Anonymous said...

"Those that have negative words must have NOT been hugged as a child."

What a nice way of saying 'don't disagree with me'

(yes, I posted 'negative words' aka putting things back into context but I can't see them being posted?)

Blandine

Jennifer Babbitt said...

I am now in love with Licia!

MUS said...

love it! great to see!

Jessica said...

thanks for this! i'm definitely going to send it to my friend who just had a baby, and went back to work this past week.

Q said...

AWESOME! ::applause::

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but coming from Soviet, I don't understand what is here to applaud? That now woman have the right to take care of the baby the same time they work? Do you really think that it's great when women have babies and then go to work next week?
Would the world be better place when noone stays home with their children and everyone could take their children with them to work?

Carolina Elizabeth said...

This is fabulous! What a wonderful lesson!

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