October 16, 2018

Catherine Pakaluk, assistant professor, business, was quoted in a Catholic News Agency article about a hashtag she started after French President Emmanuel Macron asked to see “the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight, or nine children.” She was also quoted in the Washington Post, Daily Signal,America magazine, a syndicated columnby Kathryn Lopez, and appeared on EWTN News Nightly.

.- Following a comment by President Emmanuel Macron, in which he expressed skepticism that any well-educated woman would decide to have many children, women with large families have been using the “#PostcardsForMacron” hashtag to send the French president pictures of their happy families.

Speaking about high fertility rates in Africa during a Gates Foundation “Goalkeepers” event held in New York City Sept. 25-26, Macron compared having a large family with forcing a girl to be married as a child.

Macron stated that when women are educated, they do not have many children.

“I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children,” said Macron.

In response, many women took issue with the French president’s apparent disbelief that academically successful women would choose to be mothers of several children.

Dr. Catherine R. Pakaluk, a professor of social research and economics at the Catholic University of America, started the hashtag by sharing a photo of herself and six of her eight children. ...

Continue reading at the Catholic News Agency

... Catholic University professor Catherine Pakaluk was the first to post to Twitter with the hashtag #postcardsformacron and a photo of six of her eight kids. She urged other educated women who chose to have large families to send messages to the French president.

Pakaluk posted that she has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s degree and a PhD from Harvard University. “Let’s flood Macron with beautiful postcards from educated women with large families born from their own loving choice,” she wrote.

Pakaluk, who is researching education and family size, said she was surprised to see her hashtag take off. Educated women have tweeted not just from the United States but also from France and African nations to share photos of their children. ...

Continue reading in the Washington Post

... Catherine Pakaluk was already in the middle of a research study on highly educated women with large families when she came across French President Emmanuel Macron’s now notorious comment on large families. (“Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children,’” Mr. Macron had said at a Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in New York on Sept. 26.) In response, Ms. Pakaluk tweeted a picture of herself and six of her eight kids in her graduation attire with the hashtag #postcardsforMacron. ...

Continue reading in America magazine.

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