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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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 10:50am

Reminds me of the rhobh, when Camille Grammar was complaining about how hard it was to manage 7 house, children (with multiple nannies) and a husband.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 10:57am
jamblessedthree wrote:
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.

No it wasn't a slam at personal wealth, but a disagreement that someone who hasn't

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 11:07am
What is true? And why does Romney's "ridiculous" wealth belong in this election? In theory, all politicians understand and experience the problems people face but the reality is most of them do not, Not even Obama. Hilary Rosen's remark was a slam AT the Romneys, Her words about Ann Romney were out of line and stereotypical and it had nothing to do with women's concerns about the economy.

 


 


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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 11:34am
The idea that Ann Romney knows what it's like to be a working "common" woman in this economic crisis is about as silly as Sarah Palin knowing about foreign policy just because she can see Russia from her house.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 11:49am
Well, so have I, and I agree they're not the same kinds of work, but they're still work. I don't think it's right to say that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life," and I think Rosen's choice of words does say something about this debate. However, in context, I agree she most likely meant that Ann Romney is out of touch with the economic realities facing most women (sah or woh), which I agree with.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:00pm

Not even in theory.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:05pm

Almost any type of action can be classified as work, but what isn't right is taking Rosen's comments out of context and spinning them into some type of faux debate woh vs sah as the media as done.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:20pm
This is all about the definition of work. Taken in context (which many have failed to do in this case), it's pretty apparent that Rosen was using this definition:

"employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one's livelihood. "

And Rosen was right, Romney hasn't worked a day in her life.



I didn't get any indication, from Rosen's original comments or her followup comments, that she in any way was using these definitions:

1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.

2. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class.

3. productive or operative activity.

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:28pm
But any of those definitions could be applied to the charitable work Ann Romney has done (and for that matter, to taking care of her 5 boys). The only thing missing is "for pay," which is likely what Rosen meant, but isn't part of this definition. I'm no fan of the Romneys, but I think "she's never worked a day in her life" is insulting.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:30pm
Typing too quickly there--what I mean to say is that "for pay" isn't a *required* part of the definition.

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