Should Sarah Palin Have A Career?
In other words, how dare a woman with five children, one who is an infant and only one of whom has left the nest, think for even five minutes of taking on a big job like Vice President of the United States?
There’s been a lot of talk already about this newest skirmish in the Mommy Wars. Who’s going to take care of the children? Doesn’t this make Sarah Palin a bad mother? What about “family values“? Will she be able to concentrate on her work? And if she fails, wouldn’t this reflect poorly on all working mothers?
Working Girl, who has never had children and is probably not qualified to have an opinion, much less share it, weighs in. (Everyone else is). Here goes: If Sarah Palin thinks she can do it, and her family is on board with it, then It’s Her Business.
Heck. Wasn’t the feminist revolution all about equality of opportunity for women, in the workforce and beyond?
Don’t worry about Sarah. Unlike most working mothers of five, she would have scads of help and resources. A U.S. vice president earns $221,200 a year. She’d be living at the fully staffed Number One Observatory Circle. And isn’t Todd all set to do the Mr. Mom thing?
This is key: Someone other than Sarah would, to a large degree, raise those children. And Sarah would, to whatever degree, be disengaged from them. (Because WG sez, you can have it all—you just can’t have it all at the same time.)
Nothing new here. The ruling class* has been rearing children this way since pretty much always. Would the children suffer? Maybe. But maybe they’d suffer if she were a 100% fulltime stay-at-home mom, too. No matter what your life situation, there’s a downside.
*You don’t think of hockey-mom Sarah in the same breath with the term “ruling class”? Think again, duckie. People who aim for high office are not like you and WG. They may claim to be “jes’ folks,” they may manage to project a persona of someone you’d like to have a beer with (some voters seem to desire this quality in a leader), but a man or woman running for president, or vice president, is all about the power. And is ready to accept whatever that entails.
P.S. No, WG isn’t voting for the McCain-Palin ticket. Nope. But she does think that if Palin chooses to be a working mother, then let her.