Ann Romney and Working Moms

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Ann Romney and Working Moms
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:26am

Hilary Rosen has started a Twitter firestorm by stating that Ann Romney isn't capable of giving advice on women and the economy since she's never worked a day in her life:

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:18pm
Oh, give me a break, will ya?
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:19pm
jamblessedthree wrote:

I agree that womens issues are pretty complex....

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 10:21pm

Wouldn't she be mostly talking to woman who support her husband?

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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 4:32am

Oooohhhh, nifty! Where do you get blessed?

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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 8:07am
What data would you like? Both sides can make and already have made pretty large claims of what it is the majority of women want, The left pulled in an elitie college student to talk on bcp on reproductive rights that many dropped everything for to listen to. Frankly and IMO, What the Republicans are trying to do is shift the focus away from those social concerns to bigger issues like the economy, And you don't have to be suffering financially or a working mom to speak on that.

 

 

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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 9:14am
I'd like to see, if someone is claiming to speak for women, more reliable data than somebody on a message board pulling some ridiculous statistic out of thin air.
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 9:16am
PS: If I were a Republican, I'd want to shift emphasis away from social concerns, too.
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 9:36am
Thank you for so aptly demonstrating in this post that you don't understand the concept of "context." I said from my very first posts (directly, no implication required), that I think Rosen's interpretation is reasonable and that I believe her. But I can see the other side, and so can Hilary, since she clarified afterwards what she meant and said that her words were "poorly chosen." I also think that the republicans should take Rosen at her word, but of course they won't, for reasons you've also aptly demonstrated here.
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 10:19am

That's a pretty funny and skewed view.

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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 11:55am
My initial reaction to Rosen's statement was that it was a dumb thing to say. After reading it in context, and spending some time trying to find anything at all about Mitt's assessment of what women consider the biggest problems regarding the economy, I agreed with Rosen. The only thing I found about the Romney's information gathering on women and the economy was that they talked to women, they know how much the women are stressing about gas prices and their impact on getting their children from soccer practice to piano lessons. They understand.

That made me laugh at first, then close to cry. Sure, that is a concern for many, many families. But if they identify that as "women's concern about the economy" without identifying concerns like equal pay, maternity leave and its impact on career, the lack of affordable, quality childcare, workplace issues such as breastfeeding and medical leave for pregnancy-related issues, then yes, the fact that she has never worked for pay a day in her life has clearly skewed her perception on the most pressing issues facing women in the economy. Not getting your child to soccer practice compared to not being able to feed your family because the cost of childcare is too high, and you had to use all of your remaining paid leave for a problem pregnancy and have none remaining for a decent maternity leave--not in the same category.

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