The latest case of Fake outrage on the right(and there are many) comes from some obscure political pundit named Hilary Rosen who (probably) correctly said Ann Romney “has never worked a day in her life”. yes that sound was the collective grumble of the right appalled that anyone would say such a thing.
We know from recent history, how republicans nothing but the utmost respect for women. They ran to the nearest microphone to point out that being a Mother was “the hardest job in the world” how dare her!
I agree that being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world and deserves respect. I also believe that if a family chooses to have one parent more power to them. However, the fake outrage over Ann Romney and “Rosengate” should embarrass even the republicans. Lets look at some facts, especially as they relate to multi Millionaire Ann Romney:
• African American women make only 62¢, and Hispanic women only 54¢, for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
• About 46.2 million people, or 15.1% of the US population, are living in poverty, according to census bureau data, the highest figure in 52 years. Women were hardest hit, with 17 million living in poverty last year, compared with 12.6 million men. Twice as many women over 65 were living in poverty, compared with men.
• More than 40% of women who head families are now living in poverty. With more than half of poor children living in female-headed families in 2010, the child poverty rate jumped to 22%.
• Even in among the 1%, inequality remains rife. The number of women on corporate boards worldwide has nudged above a measly 10% for the first time, according to a recent survey of 4,300 companies in 45 countries by corporate governance expert GMI. There are just 11 women at the head of Fortune 500 companies.
The “mancession” of recent years has made more mothers than ever before responsible for the lion’s share of their children’s economic well-being. Attitudes tend to follow behavior change: in 2010, according to the General Social Survey, which has collected data on social trends and attitudes since 1972, fully 75% of Americans agreed that “a working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.” Sixty-five percent of the public even now believes that preschool children are not likely to suffer if their mothers work outside the home.
The problem is this: Many of the economic policies that the former Massachusetts governor has embraced during the contentious Republican primary could make it much harder for him to appeal to the moderate and independent women who are key to his quest for the White House.
The gender gap Romney faces is stark. He trailed President Obama among women by 19 percentage points in a Washington Post/ABC News poll this week — a slide that began in the midst of the Republican primary debate over issues like access to birth control. Perhaps most ominously, a USA Today/Gallup survey released last week found that Obama had opened a 14-percentage-point lead over Romney among independent women in 12 swing states.
While the campaigns tangled this week over ancillary issues like whether Romney was using a fair statistic to describe job losses among women during Obama’s presidency, or the stances of several of his female surrogates on controversial issues like transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, the more crucial question is what the toll has been of his sometimes harsh rhetoric on issues of concern to moderate women, like budget priorities, immigration and the nation’s social safety net.
I am betting that no one who is going to read this has been a mother in the Ann Romney sense of being a mother. My questions for Ann Romney are:
* How many lunches have you packed for your four kids?
* How many tutors/nannies/trainers etc… did each of your children have?
* How many days did you have to go to work incredibly sick because you already missed the last three days staying home taking care of your sick kids and can not afford another day off and without pay?
* How many times have you had to keep your kids out of activities because you just did not have the money to enroll them and you had to work during their practices and had no way to get them there?
* How many times did you go without that new sweater you wanted and needed because your kids put a hole in their jeans and they need clothes?
I think you get the idea. While being a mother is an incredibly hard job, some people have it harder than others. Hilary Rosen was correct, maybe Ann Romney is not the best person to be consulting Mitt on women’s issues.
I do find it ironic that the republicans pretend to say that being a single mother is the hardest job in the world, then try to declare single parenthood as child abuse! if you think being a mother is the hardest job in the world, try being a single parent!