Debate over working and stay-at-home moms continue to rage days after Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” as she tried to paint the Romneys as out-of-touch with the average working family; PunditMom Joanne Bamberger takes to cable news to focus on the real issues
Well, I knew this whole Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” showdown with Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen would re-ignite the ever-percolating “mommy wars, but it’s taken on a gargantuan life of its own. I hope for the sake of our country we can move on to something else soon.
But, as they say, strike while the iron is hot and, as my husband reminded me, this whole conversation about moms and working and politics is right in my wheelhouse. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I did a little stint on Fox News to chat about it and I did some serious talking on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show this past weekend. Thank you to all of you who’ve given me your thoughts on this “debate” via Twitter, Facebook and Google Groups!
I’m happy we’re all talking about moms and what we’re thinking politically, but I really thank Melissa Harris-Perry for helping us move this conversation to what we really should be talking about — how we value women’s work in our society. And I’m even more thankful to her for asking me to come on her show to share in that conversation:
If you’re still up for some more reading, here are a few things I think you’ll like!
As always, Liz at Mom-101 shares her perspective with wonderful humor but total honesty with her post The Myth of the Rich, Selfish Working Mom.
Jill at The Civic Commons (who I like to believe is my sister from another mister) stands up for me (it seems some of Fox’s viewers didn’t like that I referred to Ann Romney as “privileged”) in her post, Caution: Link Bait Ahead.
Angie at A Whole Lot of Nothing actually took some time from her loungey, luxurious life to pen This Lazy Stay-at-Home Mom Never Worked a Day in Her Life. I plan to be Angie in my next life.
Diana, my political cohort at iVillage iVote, weighs in from her side of the aisle with Ann Romney: Raising Five Boys Was Hard Work.
And, of course, if you’re planning ahead for Mother’s Day, you can pick up a copy of my book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics In America and read the chapter on how moms are discounted in the political world, as well as the world of mothering. (Don’t worry, it’s not a downer!)
Watch Joanne Bamberger’s appearance on FOX News, below:
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