Why is Working Mom vs SAHM Such a Powerful Tool Against Women
Twitter is a buzz today with the comments of Hilary Rosen on CNN last night (@hilaryr on Twitter) ”What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’ Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” And the response by Ann Romney who joined Twitter to respond (but is not following anyone and does not seem to be participating in any more discussion) @AnnDRomney “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
Apparently the DNC is distancing itself from Rosen but the bigger issue it what American women heard from these two ladies.
Does a SAHM mom not work? Do SAHM’s not contribute? Is being a SAHM a life of privilege? Yikes, what does this say about me?! I do think that I am lucky that I can stay at home with my 5 kids but it hasn’t been easy and a life of luxury.
Does a working mom just not care the same as a SAHM? Does she give up her ‘motherhood’ by working? If I decide to take on more work or an office job am I less committed to my children or family?
Or is the anger about luxury of choice?
And, then if you have the choice to stay home do you have less knowledge/understanding regarding economic issues facing American families?
Can we have this conversation without women polarizing each other? Women are at a new place in history in the terms of the job market and college graduation. That’s a lot of strength if we can work together.