Can a man win the National Presidential Election if, on women’s issues, he consults his wife?
Mitt Romney: “Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.”
This phrase alone makes me think, “How much does Mitt Romney know about 99% of women?”
Ann Romney is lucky to have a husband that provides for the whole family and more, and she can make a choice to stay at home and raise the children.
How many women can do that? 52% of working women feel bad at not spending enough time with their children. Does Ann Romney know what it means to make a decision to go to work instead of staying at home, because there is nobody else to provide for food and home, or because one paycheck is not enough to make ends meet? Does Ann Romney know what it means to decide to go to work instead of staying at home with the children, because you want your children to go to college and subsequently to achieve in life more than their parents?
Does Ann Romney know what it means to decide to work instead of staying at home, because this is the only way to get health insurance for one’s children?
So, instead of bashing Hillary Rosen for misusing words, we should talk more about what women do care about and what Ann Romney’s husband is offering.
What do women care about?
- Healthy family
- Healthy food on the table
- Decent paycheck
- Affordable and accessible healthcare
- Good education for the children
- Safe neighborhoods
- Clean environment
What can Romney as President offer to these women?
- Cuts in Medicaid for children
- Cuts in regulations
- Running the country like a business: no auto industry bail-out, letting the process of foreclosure run its course, destroying unions. “Corporations are people, my friend.”
- Market driven healthcare. Cuts to family planning programs.
- Privatizing education. If you cannot afford a college education, you should not go to college.
- Give firearms to everybody to protect themselves. No gun laws.
I was a working mom. I wanted to work. I was lucky to have a college education, to get a job that paid enough to have our children in good day care, and to be able to build an American dream.
I always admired women who decided to stay at home and raise their children. This is a much tougher job than my choice. I admire Ann Romney for having 5 boys and for raising them – they look like good boys. She should be proud of her job and achievements. But she cannot claim that she knows what average American women struggle with. No matter how many times she says that what women really care about are economic issues, we have to keep reminding our political leaders that we, the women, care about health, education, the environment, freedom of choice and equal pay.
Mitt Romney, if you want women’s votes, listen to the majority of women, not just your wife.