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I received a review copy of “National Security Mom” by Gina M. Bennett and part of her thesis is that women and especially moms should be participating in politics. As a terrorism analyst and a mom, she parallels many issues from international affairs with what we deal with everyday as mothers. While I will fully review this book on my personal blog later this week, I was struck by her premise that our lives as mothers should be enough for us run for elected office.
Contrast Bennett’s message with the pounding that Sarah Palin has been taking since McCain announced her as his running mate. On one hand she’s presenting herself as just a hockey mom who happened into politics, on the other she keeps mentioning that she has executive experience. Then Charlie Gibson did many of us hoped he would do, pressed her on issues including her views of international affairs. Obama backers jumped on her inability to state what the Bush doctrine is while McCain backers including George Will on ABC’s This Week said that they didn’t get the memo about what the doctrine is exactly. Palin’s status as a mom plays as both her strength and a weakness.
I’ve talked in the past that I do believe we, women and mothers, should be running for office. But now that we have a working mom on the big ticket and witnessing all the mommy war gossip flying, I have to wonder if this will all end up backfiring on women?
I don’t kid myself to think that now that Palin is out there, win or lose, that the GOP attack machine wouldn’t tear apart a mom with young children running for Senate or a mom with a pregnant teenage daughter. But I do worry that the very necessary vetting of Palin in the press and in political circles won’t cause some mom out there to second guess whether or not it really is worth it to run for city council.
The question thus remains, how can we as moms capitalize on the experience we gain by running a household, multi-tasking, negotiating peace between siblings, and the other things we do without our opponents painting motherhood is a fluffy internship at our dad’s office? Or are we kidding ourselves to think that motherhood prepares us for anything other than being a mom?
What do you think?
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