Saturday 22 July 2017

The picture that has done more for working mothers than endless debate

Samantha Power is hugged by her son Declan (5) after he sat through a hearing on her nomination for the role of US ambassador to the United Nations.
Samantha Power is hugged by her son Declan (5) after he sat through a hearing on her nomination for the role of US ambassador to the United Nations.
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

It was a heart-warming picture that went all around the world, doing more for the cause of working women than hours of debate and discussion on equality could ever do.

Irish-born Samantha Power had just finished her Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination as US ambassador to the United Nations when something special happened.

A lively, red-headed five-year-old – who had sat as good as gold through the hearings – bounded over to his mum. A glowing Ms Power seized the moment, cuddled her son, Declan, and proudly posed for the photographers.

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