IF a “war on women” is being fought, liberals are waging it on married women with children.
Earlier this year, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen dismissed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann as having “never worked a day in her life” because she stayed home to raise five sons. Now, feminist writer Elizabeth Wurtzel has penned an article in the Atlantic magazine bashing stay-at-home moms. Wurtzel declares that “being a mother isn't a real job.”
“I am going to smack the next idiot who tells me that raising her children full time — by which she really means going to Jivamukti classes and pedicure appointments while the nanny baby-sits — is her feminist choice,” she wrote, adding that “most of the housewives I have ever met — none of whom do anything around the house — live in New York City and Los Angeles, far from Peoria.” For good measure, she opines “these women are the reason their husbands think all women are dumb, and I don't blame them.”
Both women's comments give a glimpse of the liberal view of stay-at-home moms. Here's another view: These women love their children.
Gallup polling indicates 37 percent of women with children younger than 18 are stay-at-home moms. Many of those women are educated and enjoyed professional success before giving birth — up to one in four mothers with college degrees doesn't work outside the home.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey's five-year estimates, 57.1 percent of Oklahoma women were in the workforce. Many of those not “working” are putting in overtime as moms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average stay-at-home mom spends 91.6 hours a week doing mom-related jobs.
The decision to stay at home has nothing to do with laziness or trust-fund status and everything to do with caring for one's family. A 2010 DePaul University-Consumer Behavior Insights analysis found that nearly 19 percent of women born between 1965 and 1980 are full-time, stay-at-home moms “and like raising children: they're not doing it because ‘a woman's place is in the home.'” The report noted those women were born when divorce was at an all-time high and often grew up in single-parent homes. As a result, they “take the institutions of marriage and parenthood very seriously.”