“Licia Ronzulli of European Parliament, has been taking her daughter to sessions for 2 years.” (images)

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on Jan 20, 2014
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Licia Ronzulli, member of European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for 2 yrs now (image)

“MEP Licia Ronzulli began taking 44 days old Vittoria to parliamentary sessions to reclaim more rights for women reconciling work and family life. Opinions?” For more photos: here.

Via Reuters, Mighty Girl & Moms Rising:

Licia Ronzulli is an Italian member of the European Parliament known for bringing her daughter, Vittoria, to the Parliament’s plenary sessions. She first brought her daughter to a plenary session when she was 44 days old as a symbolic gesture to support more rights for women in reconciling work and family life. This composite picture shows the mother-daughter duo at Parliament sessions from September 22, 2010 to November 19, 2013. 

Vittoria is one little Mighty Girl who will be well-prepared to run for office herself one day!

To inspire your Mighty Girl with more stories about women in politics and government, visit our “Political Leaders” biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography?cat=211

For stories of female trailblazers in politics, science, the arts, athletics and more, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

News coverage of Ronzulli’s story has generated a lot of discussion on family leave policies, especially around the fact that only four countries in the world have no national law requiring paid maternity leave: Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, and the United States. To learn more about the lack of paid family leave in the U.S. and a group working to give all Americans access to paid family leave, check out MomsRising.org at http://bit.ly/mOQbVO

Photo credit: Vincent Kessler and Jean-Marc Loos/Reuters

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17 Responses to ““Licia Ronzulli of European Parliament, has been taking her daughter to sessions for 2 years.” (images)”

  1. Johnny says:

    While this is fantastic for her, its just not possible for some women to take care of their children at work, and the standard shouldn't be set at impossible

  2. Zoe Rei says:

    These are some of my favorite pictures ever. I love that she took her daughter to Parliament. Great images for the world.

  3. Annabella says:

    Well done Licia – not an easy juggle! – and well done the EU for supporting her……i wanted to take my son with me to work in a backpack when i was a bush regenerator but my employer couldn't let me due to insurance reasons so i quit to mother fulltime. It's better for mother (or father) and child to have the choice when possible of working AND parenting. Less isolating for the parent and good role modelling for the child.

  4. kim says:

    They are not and this isn't what this is about. Don't be so absolutest. Her one action is not setting a standard that is impossible. Stop using such a male thinking apparatus and start seeing how much more is possible when you are using a female logic pattern.

  5. Joe says:

    I wonder how much attention she ends up paying to the different topics while playing with her daughter at work? Not sure our world would work well if everyone opted to play with their kids at work instead of crunch the time you are paid for. Also wonder how many other young talented women or men are waiting for a shot at the chair, and are willing to put the extra hours and effort to grow, perform and excel.

  6. Toni says:

    Why does a mother taking her child to work automatically translate to her lacking effort, performance and success? Do you really have such a limited view of women and their abilities? Furthermore, I think this world would function a lot better if people had more flexibility and time to care for our youth.

  7. Becca says:

    Women have been successfully multitasking forever. This is a great example of what can be done if given the option. Kudos!

  8. dave j. says:

    Kim, what's a female logic pattern? And why some women seem to use a much harsher, non-empathic and strict logic patterns than some of us, men? Thanks, david

  9. @arydant says:

    She is using "womens rights" as a vehicle to use her child to as a shield to protect herself from dissent and emotionally blackmail her fellows politicians into letting her have her way. It's passive aggressive – not cute.

  10. Ben Sharvy says:

    "They are not and this isn't what this is about. Don't be so absolutest. " Um….

  11. Jules says:

    If she’s been doing this for 2 years, obviously she’s awesome at her job & her employer values her talent to the point where they will do anything to keep her. She’s setting a great example for all mothers – just because we have kids doesn’t mean we can’t work & employers should take notice of how they work with working mothers.

  12. Mark says:

    I'm pretty sure she'd be able to focus a lot more on making the lives of her constituents better if didn't have a kid on her lap picking her nose? There's absolutely nothing wrong with the child being with her however it might be distracting to other parliament members. Wouldn't a crying baby distract you or your coworkers while you work? There are some jobs you can take your child to and others where it would be better if you don't. I don't think the parliament is the right place to be taking a kid to.

  13. Jamilla says:

    If the child was such a distraction then she would not have held such a high position for so long…women should not have to choose between careers and motherhood, no matter the level of importance of their job. Also you take the one photo where the little girl is the slightest bit distracting, even so it is during the voting processes not when information is presented, and make a case from that while you are discarding the visual evidence of the 99% calm and content child.

  14. Jamilla says:

    "womens rights" is to not choose between a career and motherhood because almost every father has the option of both. She is not blackmailing anyone but simply exercising her right to bring her child, which she is allowed to. And seriously, are you actually feeling blackmailed by a 2-yearold???

  15. Christa says:

    Licia Ronzulli isn't taking her daughter to work because it's "nice for her," nor to be cute, nor so she can pay less attention in meetings. To assert these things is to completely, absolutely miss the point. She's raising visibility for the issues of working mothers, in particular those who must choose between caring for their children and holding down a job, which, as stated by Jamila, is not a choice any man has had to make. ever.

  16. Trixie says:

    As a mother of a 5 year old, I know the limits of my sanity and it is far before this! Did anyone else notice the two officials surrounding her in the Facebook lead in actually appear younger as Vittoria grows!

  17. rile says:

    Bringing your daughter to work- good. Bleaching your two year old's hair and eyebrows- bad.