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Malasmadres founder: "We have put conciliation on the public agenda>>

Laura Baena (Malaga 1981), mother to her first child, realized in 2014 that motherhood wasn't as glamorous as she had imagined.

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Malasmadres founder: "We have put conciliation on the public agenda>>

Laura Baena (Malaga 1981), mother to her first child, realized in 2014 that motherhood wasn't as glamorous as she had imagined. This publicist by profession recalls, "I felt very alone." She felt like a bad mother. She began telling her mother about her problems via Twitter to help her reach the society's expectations.

She discovered that she wasn't alone. In fact, she was not the only one feeling this way: thousands of women felt the same. This was the birth of Club de Malasmadres. It has been a group that has led to new debates and reached the highest political ranks. Pedro Sanchez was present at one of her 2018 acts. Baena shares her almost a decade of experience at the club's helm in the book "I don't resign" (Lunwerg).

The author explains that "We have succeeded in putting the need for reconciliation on the public agenda through initiatives which do not only include women." She believes that measures like the reduction in the working day and leave of absence are only for women, and lack transversality. She summarizes that many women view them as protection from paternalistic abuse.

Baena acknowledges the progress made over the past decade but believes that co-responsibility has yet to reach a majority of households. Most men think of stewardship simply as "helping", but that's only the beginning. The 'executive parent' is the one who does what they are instructed to do. The final stage, and the most desirable, would be the parent who shares the mental burden that motherhood and fatherhood entail.

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