Has anybody noticed how much every speaker at the Republican National Convention seemed to focus on moms, children and grandchildren? It seems to be a persistent theme. They’re doing their darndest to appeal to women voters, saying things like women should have as much say as men and be encouraged to succeed, yada yada, but it always seemed to be coupled with motherhood. Did anyone hear any of them say anything about women who are not mothers? Or men who are not fathers?
Mitt Romney comes from a big family, and that’s great, although I squirmed when he said his wife “could have” succeeded at anything she wanted to be. Can’t she still? Is motherhood and being the smiling wife of a politician her only role? Come on, Mitt.
Pamela Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority, a book about infertility, wrote a great piece this week after Ann Romney’s speech that I think you will enjoy. It’s called “Enough with the Mom Pandering, Ann Romney.”
Wherever one stands politically, I think it’s important for our leaders to understand that we don’t all follow the same path: ivy league college, marriage, children, grandchildren. We’re here. We don’t have kids, but we vote.