As many of us are aware of, a recent comment from Hilary Rosen about Ann Romney’s work as a stay-at-home mom has caused quite a stir in the media. Politics aside, the passion behind responses from all camps shows how raw and unresolved this topic of paid vs unpaid work really is.
In her blog post today Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising.org, has harnessed this passion and turned the focus from the so-called ‘mommy wars’ to “the war on moms.” Kristin intelligently redirects the issue and provides a tangible purpose to override all of the political back and forth—working toward ending the discrimination of all moms.
There is no question that Hilary Rosen should have chosen her words more carefully when she said that Ann Romney, mother of five sons, “never worked a day in her life.” Raising children is work. It’s immensely rewarding work, but it’s work just the same. Ann Romney is justifiably proud of the work she’s done raising her children.
Now that the spotlight is on motherhood, rather than fanning the false flames of a “Mommy War” that doesn’t really exist, it’s time that we as a nation recognize that regardless of whether or not mothers’ work is paid or unpaid, the work of caregiving is important to us all and should be valued.
Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.