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Is Pregnant Woman as Defense Minister a Coup for Women?

Spain's newly re-elected Socialist prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has appointed more women than men to his cabinet, including Carme Chacó as defense minister. Not only is Chacó a woman, she is seven months pregnant.

Gender equality has become the centerpiece of Zapatero's administration, as well as the Socialist Party. During his first term, Zapatero enacted laws against domestic violence, legalized gay marriage, eased divorce laws, and required political parties to include as many women as men. He also created an Equality Ministry to monitor women's rights.

Many welcome the image of femininity leading Spain's armed forces. Spain's former secretary for equality says that the appointment demonstrates that an army "can be more feminine, more humanitarian." But, the appointment is not without controversy — Zapatero has no military training and has been using gentle rhetoric to discuss the armed forces. Newly re-elected Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi provided his two cents, saying Spain has "“a government that in my opinion is too pink.”

Are you happy to see a woman, pregnant no less, leading Spain's armed forces?


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kh61582 kh61582 9 years
I'm a women and I'm tired of this kind of crap making the news. I don't feel a need to prove myself because I'm a woman. If you have the education and the credentials you'll succeed regardless of race or gender. I think minorities of all kinds need to stop complaining. As far as I’m concerned she's a Socialist and therefore who cares one way or the other. Their country is tilted far to the left and that's the pathetic weak image that Democrats in this country seem to want. We're becoming weak because of people who focus on stories like this. If we're not careful we'll become just like them and no that is NOT a good thing.
MyBlueberrynight MyBlueberrynight 9 years
I believe that Carme Chacón is capable and has the profesionality to do her job as a defense minister as good as any other man would. I can't see why sex or pregnancy should be problem.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
Wow...I must be tired. That is just an awful sentence...I meant, "...and not because it gives him a good public image." blargh. Also, I agree with krampalicious. Was a pregnant woman that probably won't even work for the next year in two months a better choice over a female officer? I think that's highly doubtful.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
Why is he giving women an upperhand? Just pick someone with good qualifications, and not because it makes him have a better public appearance.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
i'm glad she got the job, but not so glad that she doesn't have any experience. were there no female military officers to choose from?
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
Honestly, my first reaction is why is this news? Should it really be SO incredible that a woman is put in a position of authority?? I think if she is qualified than who cares, that she is pregnant, a woman, a man, or a transgender... Bella, I totally agree with about the difference between someone's personal life and their professional life and I think if we were to look at the historically male version of events we would see that men are often allowed to do whatever they want in their personal life, as long as they are doing a good job professionally nobody cares, of course this should be the same for women.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
pequeña, thanks for the added perspective including Spanish history. So fascinating!
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I just wanted to add that the army in Spain is linked to the most conservative spheres, and also to fascism, because since Franco (the Spanish dictator) died, it hasn't changed that much. The most important positions in the army are occupied by people with doubtful democratic ideas. So I guess choosing her as Defense Minister is a way to modernize the image of the army.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
Jude C - The more conservative media made fun of her a little, but in general people have been respectful. If she has gone as far as being a Defense Minister there must be a reason, and until she's not performing there's really nothing more to say. There hasn't been a controversy, I would say people was surprised to see a pregnant woman with all the army, but that's all. Everyone saw that she is capable of doing what she does. A part of the conservative party in Spain are trying to give a less conservative image, less in the right and more in the centre, like Sarkozy and Merkel, so laughing or crtitcising her is not a good way to do that.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
bellaressa: I think the sugar system only recognizes certain emoticons, the ones listed on the "smiley dictionary." I believe the one you want is : R O T F L : :ROTFL:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Why is my emotions not showin-darn.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
At least that would render all our current controversies and debates petty and meaningless :ROTFL:
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Tom Cruise will save us from Xenu!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I think not Jude C, they will crush us and make Earth their slaves.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
We're all too concerned about the past. Will we be ready for the invasion of Lord Xenu and his armies from outer space?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
All this time I was worried about the Cave Men.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
WTF Kris, how can people be so rude, insensitive and have no couth. I am just pissed at this point and my mouth is open that people use words and just don't seem to care of their impact.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Pequena, I'm curious--was there any controversy in Spain over whether her pregnancy made her less suitable for the position? Because I can just imagine people saying, "What if she goes into labor right when we get attacked?"
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
what about the mayans? where have they been hiding all these years, building up their armies?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I sit up nights worrying about what's going to happen when the Huns attack. MarinerMandy... :ROTFL:
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
You guys are forgetting all about Ghengis Khan! If that's not a real threat, I don't know what is. Auntie Coosa is one of those poster who won't last long because she would rather read her Anne Coulter books than do any rational thinking.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
bella, it is a negative term for arabic people. People from a place where they get around by camel.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Saw it just now, bellaressa :) Kris--that's heinous. I would have been really annoyed if I'd seen that (so I guess it's a good thing I'm trying to avoid Briney posts). Anyway, I'd be much more worried about the Vikings invading. You know they'd have a kick-ass navy, and they're about due to resurface... ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am sorry Kris, I never heard of that word. What does that mean?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
heck, i was nervous this morning when I read a pop post about britney spears ex-friend, whichever arabic man it was, I can't remember. Someone called him a "camel-jockey" in the comments, and no one even said a THING. except me, of course. but seriously, is that just acceptable to some people, or did they not read it? that is horrendous!
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