Now that she’s a mom, “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria reflects on the double standards women must navigate regarding motherhood and careers.
The now 47-year-old actress welcomed her first child, Santiago Enrique Bastón, in 2018 with her husband, José Bastón. On August 13, 2022, Longoria spoke with People Magazine during a voter mobilization event, Vote Like a Madre.
“Women are multitaskers, decision makers, problem solvers,” she shared. “Every day all day. I was just talking with someone the other day about parenting and consequences versus punishments and rules and there’s just so much to do, so much to think about!”
The actress has long advocated for Latinx voting power, which brought her to Miami over the weekend. Her beyond impressive résumé includes:
- Co-chairing former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
- Co-founding the She Se Puede and Latino Victory Fund.
- Supporting Latinas in STEM programs.
The Miami event focused on Latina mothers and combating climate change; however, the 47-year-old took the opportunity to discuss other challenges mothers face, referencing her long-time friend Serena Williams’s recent announcement that she’s retiring from professional tennis as evidence.
In her retirement announcement in Vogue, Williams said, “if I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.” Longoria said Williams was “absolutely right,” adding, “If this were a different time, if the genders were switched, she wouldn’t have to take years off to breastfeed. Years off from healing from a C-section and a near-death experience.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been very vocal about her traumatic birthing experience with her now 4-year-old daughter Olympia, which included medical misinformation after her emergency C-section.
Eva continues, saying that Serena “also mentions that she’s no different than any other mother, [playing tennis professionally] just happens to be her career. The mom who is a teacher also has to understand, ‘How do I balance work and family?’ The woman who is a dentist has to say, ‘How do I balance my career and family?’ You know, we all bear that cross.”
Longoria took the conversation back to the polls, pointing out that mothers carry incredible responsibility for their children, themselves, and their communities.
The actress concluded the interview by saying, “We are caretakers, we are mothers, we are helping in the community, we are helping our co-workers, and so much more falls on us. Voting like a mother means a big thing, it usually means you’re thinking about people outside of yourselves. And, that includes the planet.”