"I always say: Please present me
the lady who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, nine
(Emmanuel Macron, President of France, September 2018).
On behalf of Women of the World Platform we are going to do so, do not have any
doubt Mr. Macron.
We will send a letter written by Leonor Tamayo, our coordinator, founder
of the Platform, CEO of the NGO Professionals for the Ethics, writer, graduated
in English Philology and surprisingly for you, Mr. Macron, mother of 10 children.
Despite the personal character of the letter, it shows how a huge part of the society feels. We are many
men and women of all ages that feel the same way as Leonor Tamayo expresses on her letter and therefore we want to join her words.
Accordingly, we want to make it public
before sending it to France, for
everyone who wants to adhere can do so. You just have to fill the form and
in a few days we will send the letter with all your signatures to the President
of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron.
Dear President Macron,
With all respect, I am afraid you have
committed a huge mistake. In this cases, the best you can do is accept it,
apologize and, to do it impressively, receive at the Elysée Palace some of the women who have felt gratuitously insulted
–I suppose by blunder or plain ignorance–, listen to them, and learn from them.
And it is not just that with your famous
quote you accuse the mothers of large families of uncultured and unskilled, but
also it shows your own social and family ignorance. Something I consider quite
disturbing in a person that rules a country.
The truth is that I do not fully
understand your thinking. I do not comprehend the suspected contradiction between studies and large families. I do not realize why the fact of having
studies is, from your point of view, incompatible with having 7, 8, or 9
children (or as for my part, 10 children), I do not get how deciding to have a very large
family is a clear sign of poor culture.
Perhaps it is because you consider that
children are a burden to women’s development?
Well, if you consider so, Mr. Macron,
the reality is that motherhood is a springboard for the human development of
any woman. The aptitude of managing people, time, resources and crisis, the
self-monitoring, all are skills that are learnt almost naturally. And also the
personal faculties are multiplied: the ability to listen, empathy, serenity,
strength… And in the case of a large
family's mother all of this is directly proportional to the number of kids. When
a woman becomes a mother, she pushes her capacity throughout limits that were
so far unknown for her. Even more so if she has many children!
Hence there was a lot of hype, Mr. Macron,
as your words not only offended but also demonstrate your ignorance, and
possibly, your political incapacity.
I studied my university degree and started my PhD. I left it all to devote myself
entirely to my family. And precisely at home, with my husband and my 10
children is where I have developed as a qualified expert in my field: infant
and youth teacher and trainer, family manager and consultant, writer and active leader in civil society, as well as in politics, either national or international.
Without them (each and every single member of my family) I would not have made it. They are my real doctorate.
So do not tell me that I neither have studies,
nor intellectual capacity whatsoever… Please understand that it is yours the
one which is put to the test.
I always say, better late than never. If I were you I would try to at least
find a solution,