Thursday, April 17, 2008

Could this Ever happen in America?

Spain's defense minister Carme Chacón reviews troops in Madrid Bernat Armangue / AP First, I have to share this quote:

"Working mom's arguably have the hardest jobs in the world, no matter what they do: they are expected in many ways to be superwoman, pouring 100% of their energy into their jobs, and then another 100% into their kids."

Now that could be a bit of an exaggeration, but loved to read it and give myself a little pat on the back. Anyway, back to the actual reason for the title. The quote above was taken from an article which I found here at Celebrity Baby (thank you, Google Alerts). It seems Spain's new defense minister is not only the first woman (can a girl be in the military? ugh, would one want to be?) in this position, but she's seven months pregnant.

The above quote is from the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, bless his heart, who appointed her. Seems he has a pretty good track record in terms of equality (even legalized gay marriage), but that was not the only reason for appointing a woman into this position. Just to summarize , Spain is being pressured to add more troops to Afghanistan (they have 750 now). The Spanish population is largely pacifist and 50% support withdrawing the troops altogether, but 90% support sending more troops over for "humanitarian and peace-keeping missions."

"It shows that the army doesn't just have to fulfill this masculine role of force," she (Former Secretary of Equality Montaño ) says. "It can be more feminine, more humanitarian."

So, to answer the title question, I'd say, with absolutely no quotable evidence, just a gut feeling, a resounding no! Because a women's place is in the house (or senate) and withdrawing troops is the last thing this administration wants. Perhaps I'll move to Spain, love the relaxed atmosphere, probably could not handle the socialism.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't believe this photo of the pregnant PM touring the troops! Love it!