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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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:23pm

You found a way to say what so many of us are thinking. I wish that I had been able to "choose to stay home" with my child but I was too proud to go on welfare when my husband moved on.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:36pm

I believe Hillary Rosen’s words about Anne Romney were taken out of context in this run amuck PC world we are living in today. Her comments were not a slight at stay at home moms but rather Ms. Romney’s husband’s financial worth allowing her to stay at home and not have to worry about every day financial matters such as the cost of meals, home bills and other day to day expenses ordinary folks have to consider

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:47pm
I bet it isn't that easy juggling kids, household staff, and that rascal Mitt.
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:59pm

I hope we all take a deep breath and slow down the knee jerk response. I don't think stay ay home mom's were being disparaged. I think Hilary Rosen was referring to Ann Romney's tremendous wealth. Due to this, Mrs. Romney

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:06pm

I think it must be nice to be able to stay home and raise your children.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:32pm

I think that Rosen's choice of wording was poor, but taken in context, I see her point. Mitt Romney made a comment that his wife kept him in touch with women of this country's economic concerns. In a punch-the-timeclock-and-get-paid-by-someone-else sense, no...Ann Romney has never worked. Not to say that a sahm DOESN'T work, just that having a filthy rich husband and never having to work outside the home...no, a woman in her position cannot really relate to the average working mother's concerns and/or situations. JMO.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:41pm

I completely agree! The actual quote that caused all the controversy, ". "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing."

All the emphasis is on the first sentence, not the second. The second sentence is completely true - I'm a sahm and this doesn't offend me in the least. She IS completely clueless about what it means to actually HAVE to work and earn a living.

In my view, she doesn't accurately portray either side. She has never had an actual PAYING job, nor are the vast majority of SAHM's in her financial boat, either. Maybe she should quit "advising" her husband just cause she happens to be a woman!

Angie

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:52pm

It's too bad that Ms. Rosen didn't add the caveat that I'm sure she had in mind:

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 9:54pm
This issue is so ridiculous! Hilary Rosen was not putting down Mrs. Romney for being a stay-at-home mom. She recognizes that this is an honorable and difficult job. She was saying that Mrs. Romney, because of her extreme wealth, did not have the same kind of economic concerns that millions of other women do. She never had to worry if there was enough money to buy food, clothing, a child's braces, pay for medical bills, etc. Having been both a stay-at-home mom for a time and a working woman (because I had no choice), I understand full well what Hilary was trying to say. Partisan political hacks are of course twisting this all around to try to make it something it isn't but that doesn't surprise me at all.That darned liberal media is blowing it up as well - anything for a story!
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 7:01am
Oh, ok, so it was just another slam at the Romney personal wealth, that justifies what Rosen had to say, Lol... Why does somebody have to fall on hard times financially, have to work outside the home to care about the economy? Besides, What the Romneys said about many women being concerned about the economy came from actual visits with them too, it sure beats the attention on social issues in recent months.

 


 


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