\Introduce me to the woman who, being perfectly educated, decided to have 7, 8 or 9 children.\" (Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Sept 2018).
From Women of the World Platform we are going to do itDo not worry, Mr Macron.
We are going to bring him the letter written by Leonor Tamayo, our coordinator, founder of the Platform, president also of Professionals for Ethics, writer, graduate in English Philology and, surprisingly for Mr. Macron, mother of 10 children.
But we believe that this letter reflects the feelings of a large part of society.beyond the personal tinge that it has. We are many men and women of all ages those of us who feel in line with the words of Leonor Tamayo and we would like to join your letter.
This is why we are making it public before we deliver it to France, so that all those who want to join us, you can do it. All you have to do is fill in the form and in a few days we will send the letter with all the endorsements to the President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron.
Dear Mr Macron,
With all due respect, I fear that he has skated to infinity and back again. In these cases, the best thing to do is to accept it, apologize and, to top it off, to receive at the Elysée several of these women whom you have offended gratuitously - and I suppose out of sheer ignorance or simplicity -, to listen to them? and to learn.
And it is not only that with his famous phrase he accuses mothers of very large families of being uneducated and uneducated, but he also demonstrates his own social and family ignorance. Something I find quite worrying in someone who governs a country.
The truth is that I don't even understand his reasoning. I don't understand the supposed non-relation between studies and large families. I don't understand why having studies seems incompatible with having 7, 8 or 9 children (or 10 as in my case), I don't understand why having such a large family is an obvious sign of low culture.
Is it because she sees children as a problem for women's development?
Well, look, Mr Macron, the reality is that motherhood is a springboard for any woman's human development. The ability to manage time, people and crises, self-control and resource management are qualities that come almost naturally. And also the personal capacities are multiplied: the capacity of listening, empathy, serenity, strength... And in the case of a mother of a very large family, all this is multiplied in direct relation with the number of children. When a woman has children, she projects her capacity to limits previously unknown to her. And, if she also has many children, even more in my favour.
That is why all this fuss has been made, Mr Macron, because not only do your words offend but they also expose your ignorance and, perhaps, your political ability.
I studied my university degree, did two doctorate courses and started my doctoral thesis. I left everything to devote myself to my family. And it is precisely at home, with my husband and my 10 children where I have developed as a great professional in my field: trainer and educator for children and young people, family manager and consultant, writer and active citizen in society and national and international politics. Without them I would not have made it. They are my true doctorate.
Don't tell me that either I have no education or I have no intellectual capacity... and understand that it is yours that has been called into question.
I would try to remedy it, what can I say.