Pregnant & Powerful(?)
Recently, Spain's Prime Minister Zapatero appointed a visibly pregnant woman, Carme Chacon, to the post of Defense Minister. Newspapers all over the world displayed photographs of the visibly pregnant Chacon inspecting the troops as part of one of her first official duties. Accompanying articles speculated on whether Zapatero was trying to make a statement about gender equity, whether she was qualified, and whether she would take her full allotment of parental leave, leaving the military in a precarious position. Would these questions have been asked of a man with a pregnant female partner? Does the visibly pregnant body leave a woman leader vulnerable to attack?