French president Emanuel Macron recently implied that a woman cannot be successful while having a large family, saying “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, or nine children.”
The ignorant statement sparked a hashtag on Twitter of people from Christian families who had women in their lives who, though highly educated, had chosen to raise large families.
As for my own part, I’m the oldest of six children (not quite seven as Macron said but close enough) and my mother has two Masters degrees and a Ph.D.
Here are some of our favorite tweets responding to the French head of state:
My Grandmother, Donna Gene. Age 99. Masters Degree in Education. Here she is with 3 out of her 10 children. 4 out of her MANY grandchildren. And 1 of her great-grandchildren. #PostcardsForMacron pic.twitter.com/fTZ1wdLo9b
— Catherine Hadro (@CatSzeltner) October 16, 2018
— Eric Kigozi (@ekigozi) October 17, 2018
Mother of 8… Grandmother of 30+ and 8 great-grandchildren..
A nurse with also a Ph.D in French… who recited the British crown lineage when she couldn't sleep!
My grandmother Margaret still inspires us today!#PostcardsForMacron pic.twitter.com/x2NfqzkImX
— Alyssa Murphy (@alyssamurphy) October 18, 2018
— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) October 18, 2018
— Grazie P Christie MD (@GChristiemd) October 18, 2018
Emmanuel Macron: “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.”
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) October 17, 2018
In addition to being a dose of reality for the ignorant, the #postcardsforMacron trend has happily given me many examples to follow, and greater confidence that I can write a doctoral dissertation and be a mother. pic.twitter.com/biHeeqsO0Y
— Jane Sloan Peters (@JaneSloanPeters) October 17, 2018
— Beth Hockel (@ehockel1) October 16, 2018
#postcardsforMacron PhD, valedictorian, Phi beta kappa, professor, author, blah, blah, blah. And bringing up these six kiddos is the best thing I've ever been privileged to be part of. pic.twitter.com/a6a4u9UVJT
— Angela Franks (@theologianmom) October 17, 2018
#PostcardsforMacron I am Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, BA @Harvard ‘83 and MA St. John’s Seminary ‘06. My husband and I have 8 grown children, 7 biological and 1 adoptive. Votre remarque est trés ignorante. pic.twitter.com/gUMBbrpMPs
— Jaymie Stuart Wolfe (@YouFeedThem) October 17, 2018
— elizabeth foss (@elizabethfoss) October 16, 2018
I have a BA from UCSB, and a California state teaching credential. But my greatest accomplishment is being a mother to 7 children. Besides, your comment suggesting only uneducated women have many children is classist and elitist. #PostcardsForMacron pic.twitter.com/26GRlfWerw
— Micaela Darr (@Micaela_Darr) October 17, 2018
— Josh Canning (@CatholicJosh) October 16, 2018
#postcardsforMacron from my mom: did finances for a business with annual revenue in the millions, but still a mom of six, grandmother of 19 and a great grandmother of 1.75: (my grandmother is in there, too!) pic.twitter.com/c1iaBgReF1
— Fr. Kyle Schnippel (@fatherschnippel) October 17, 2018