With #PostcardsforMacron, Women Respond to French President’s Comments About Large Families

Twitter users are using the hashtag #PostcardsforMacron to respond to French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent comment suggesting that any woman who would choose to have a large family must not be well-educated. Women are sharing photos of their large families – along with their own academic credentials – to show that being educated and being open to life are not mutually exclusive.

During a Gates Foundation “Goalkeepers” event held Sept. 25-26, Macron was speaking about high fertility rate in Africa when he said, “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.”

Catholic University professor Dr. Catherine R. Pakaluk answered Macron’s request by sharing a photo of herself in her doctoral robes, along with six of her eight children. In a follow-up tweet she explained that she holds both a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has “Eight children by choice.”

Many others followed Dr. Pakaluk’s lead, showing their own families and how education and family life can go hand-in-hand:

See more at the hashtag #PostcardsforMacron on Twitter.

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.