President Obama -- As with several policy areas that women care about the president has used his position to show how much he cares. His biggest tool? The White House Council on Women and Girls which was created less than two months after he took office in 2009. Ever so timely, the CWG held its 2012 Forum on Women and the Economy barely a week before pundits reignited the debate around whether women who stay home to take care of children are actually doing “work” -- the IRS says no, the rest of us say yes. The CWG’s accompanying blog followed that flame war with an entry reaffirming the Obama administration’s commitment to securing equal pay for equal work.
Mitt Romney -- The Romney campaign lacks targeted material that focuses on women and the economy so we are left to review his public comments and those made on his behalf to figure it out. Romney’s essential belief is that women should not be treated as a special interest group, but just as being “special,” according to his wife, Ann Romney, who famously stayed at home to raise their five sons. The other known element about Romney’s views demonstrates a contradiction to this specialness of mothers: while on the campaign trail in January, he said that even if women have children who are two-years-old, they should get a job so that they can “…have the dignity of work.” Draw your own conclusions, as always.