When I was a young “working woman,” I was envious of my friends who didn’t have to work after they became mothers. I thought what a relief it would be not to feel stressed by constant deadlines, unreasonable and nasty bosses, long hours and hardly any time off. Now, of course, I know that staying home with kids is work, too, and anything but a picnic.
Whatever democratic strategist, Hilary Rosen, meant to convey when she said Ann Romney never “worked a day in her life,” is less important to me than the fact that Hilary seems to be jealous of Ann because she married a wealthy man and chose to stay home and raise five sons. FOF Hilary, 53, is the mother of twins, so she surely must know what a handful three additional kids would be.
Ann Romney doesn’t have to get a paycheck to know that women in the US don’t make as much as men for performing the exact same jobs. And she has as much right as Hilary or I do to voice her opinion.
Women who “work” are not holier than thou. They’re not smarter, wiser, or more worldly. They don’t apply their makeup better or dress more stylishly. They’re not better friends or travel companions. They just go about their daily business differently than Ann Romney.
Isn’t it time women stick together, whether we work on Wall Street or in a factory, raise kids or take care of parents, are democrats or republicans?
Men compete on the size of their salaries, titles and other things. When we act like they do, it isn’t very becoming.