Choose to Work or Choose to Breed

And why we shouldn't! I don’t think I’ve ever posted a picture that just speaks to me. I saw this picture yesterday on one of my Facebook friend’s feeds and I had to share. The woman in the picture is Licia Ronzulli and she is a member of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party. The reason why the picture caught my attention is because it shows a woman, a professional woman, being a caring mother. To some that may sound like an oxymoron, but to me, it’s inspiring. It is inspiring to see a woman, with a career, not just a job, who openly admits and shows the world that she didn’t have to choose a career or choose to breed.  I copied that phrase from someone who commented on the picture - because they said she should choose to do one or the other.  

My favorite picture is when she kissed her 7 week old baby on her forehead, as the baby is strapped to her body. Ronzulli hoped the pictures of her being at work with her baby would show the difficulties working parents face. She also mentioned that she wanted to exhibit the flexibility she has, because many others are not blessed with the ability to bring their children to work. While some said it was a publicity stunt, she disagreed and said it was only a maternal gesture. Prior to her bringing her baby to work, despite working in the Parliament for some time, Ronzulli was never interviewed by the press - funny how that all changed.

Does anyone else find this picture motivating?

She is striving for more, for all of us, all the while performing her motherly duties and not having to sacrifice one for the other.

These pictures are about 2 years old - obtained from Reuters.com and Telegraph.co.uk