[Caveat: I recognize there is a small class of lazy women who give birth, then dump the kids on grannies, nannies and others, so they can either live it up on their trust funds, sugar daddy allowance or welfare checks. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just agree to call these women Not Moms, k?]
In 2007, 55% of new moms returned to the workforce, while 45% stayed home.
IOW, we’re about evenly divided. And we ALL work!
A search for internet lingo located SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) and WAHM (Work At Home Mom, which I assume means someone with a job that can be done from home or a home-based business). I was not able to find an acronym for moms who have part- or full-time jobs that take them outside their homes; unless someone knows something better, I’m going to invent WOHM (Work Outside Home Mom).
For reasons that escape me, some SAHMs criticize their opposites for “choosing career over their children”, while some WOHMs criticize their opposites for “giving up their ambitions and income for an apron and a vacuum.”
Both of these criticisms are ridiculous. While the feminist movement has given women many more choices than my female ancestors had, life doesn’t always let us take advantage of them. Plenty of WOHMs would prefer to stay home with their babies and vice versa. Besides which … wasn’t the whole point of feminism to let women CHOOSE? Why then are we condemning each other for MAKING CHOICES?!
Frankly, I’ve never understood the kind of women who make sweeping judgments about entire classes of other women. I’ve been the brunt of this kind of prejudice a few times … always by someone who had no idea of my family’s situation. It seems to me such prejudiced women are very far from the alleged ideal of feminism. What’s right for one is not necessarily right for another. If all of society is supposed to support my choices, why do these women feel so justified and self-righteous about condemning them?
When we criticize other women for their choices, we criticize ourselves as women. Not that this stopped bitchy DNC advisor Hilary Rosen from pompously declaring that Mitt’s wife, Ann, “has never worked a day in her life.”
Sorry, you pathetic excuse for a modern woman, but your sneering, politically-driven opinions have NO BASIS in the facts of Ann Romney’s life. The following comes from the Wikipedia bios of Mitt and Ann Romney. It’s all public record and easily accessible. And just for full disclosure … I voted for Newt.
The Romneys married in March of 1969 after Mitt returned from his Mormon mission tour. Their first son was born in 1970 while both were undergraduates at Brigham Young, living in a $75-a-month basement apartment.
In 1971, Mitt was graduated (Summa cum laude) from BYU with a BA in English and Ann gave birth to their second son. The young family then moved to Boston so that he could attend a new four-year program coordinated between Harvard Law and Harvard Business Schools.
In 1975, Mitt was graduated with a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration. He was in the top third of his law school class and the top 5% of his business school class. Also in 1975, Ann gave birth to their third son AND received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in French language from Harvard Extension School.
While Mitt was working at his first job, Ann gave birth to their fourth (1978) and fifth (1981) sons. Then, in 1984, with five children, ages 3 through 13, Mitt and Ann decided to jump feet first into following Mitt’s dream of running his own company, a private equity investment firm he and his partner, Bill Bain, called Bain Capital.
In the face of skepticism from potential investors, Bain and Romney spent a year raising the $37 million in funds needed to start the new operation, which would focus on venture capital opportunities. Their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc. when Mitt and Ann’s youngest of five was just 5 years old.
Bain Capital eventually made the Romneys wealthy, but that didn’t mean that Ann’s life as a wife, mother and penny-pinching homemaker would suddenly be filled with maids and bon-bons. In 1998, when her youngest was 17, Ann could have been looking forward to moving on to a child-free career of her choice.
Instead, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She designed a mixture of mainstream and alternative treatments and credits them with helping her continue to live fully. MS is incurable, yet since contracting the disease, she has helped Mitt run for governor and, from 2003 to 2007, served as First Lady of Massachusetts, where she worked on faith-based initiatives and children’s charities.
During Mitt’s 2008 presidential bid, she was an active participant and perhaps the most visible of all the Republican candidates’ wives. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy. She has been cancer-free for four years and credits her husband’s unwavering care and devotion for helping her through it all.
Their sons have gifted them with sixteen grandchildren and, when she is not doting on them, she is working hard with Mitt on his 2012 presidential campaign.
You can find more about Mitt @ https://polination.wordpress.com/gop-candidates/mitt-romney/