In an appearance at the Gates Foundation, the president of France tried to argue that education and large families are incompatible. French President Emmanuel Macron said, “I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, or nine children.”
“I spoke to one such woman,” Rachel del Guidice writes on The Daily Signal. “Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, an assistant professor of social research and economic thought at the Catholic University of America, who has eight children—and no regrets about that.”
“’When I saw [Macron’s] quotation, my first thought was, “Hey, wait a second, I exist, and I know lots of people like me that exist,” Pakaluk, who received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate at Harvard University, told The Daily Signal in an interview. She added that she thought plenty of moms of large families would share the reaction to Macron of thinking that, ‘Hey, wait, I exist, and my family is not the product of ignorance.'”
“Pakaluk also started a hashtag: #PostcardsforMacron, to showcase the big families some educated women choose to have.” So President Macron, consider yourself presented.