French justice minister, Rachida Dati, is back at work less than a week after the birth of her first child by cesarean. Today's Guardian carries a feature discussing how this may impact on French women's confidence to claim and take the maternity leave they are entitled to.
The right to paid maternity leave came about as the result of a hard fought battle, led by feminists for the benefit of women and their children. Does voluntarily returning to work without taking maternity leave undermine the argument for maternity leave?
Should women take their full maternity entitlement to assert and protect the right to it (eg like the right to vote - use it or loose it)? Or is it perfectly acceptable to choose not to take maternity leave, or to cut that leave short?
Could women feel social pressure to take maternity leave, just as they may feel pressured into not taking it?
It would be great to read your thoughts on this in the comments.