Women and the election: Ann Romney reared five boys but did she ‘work’?

Women are going to be a crucial demographic in electing the next president and mommy street fighting has broken out before the general election has even begun.

A Democrat, Hilary Rosen, speaking on CNN said Wednesday night that Ann Romney, whose husband is worth millions, never had to work to pay the bills and should not be her husband’s surrogate on women and the economy.

“His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.”

While the Democratic party has distanced itself from this comment, Ann Romney has fought back. (Hilary Rosen has just released an apology. I am pasting it in at the end.)

Here’s the story from AP: (I’ve bolded the good stuff for a quicker read for you.):

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Ann Romney fought back Thursday against a Democrat who suggested she’s no economic expert because she “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Raising the five Romney sons, she said, was such a full-time job that her husband, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, considered it more important than his work as the family breadwinner.”

” ‘He would say, ‘My job is temporary…Your job is a forever job that’s going to bring forever happiness,’ Ann Romney told Fox News, wading into a multimedia furor over comments by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen. ‘Mitt respects women that make those different choices.’ ”

“First lady Michelle Obama also jumped into the fray with this Thursday tweet: ‘Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. – mo.’ Tweets tagged ‘mo’ are said to be from the first lady, a mother of two.”

“The series of exchanges brought the Mommy Wars to the presidential campaign trail as both parties court women voters critical to their prospects in the November election. President Barack Obama’s high command demanded that Rosen apologize, while the Democratic National Committee disavowed her comments and her, reflecting the acute sensitivity of both parties about alienating any sub group of female voters.”

“The multimedia furor erupted Wednesday night when Rosen said on CNN that Ann Romney, whose husband is worth millions, never had to work to pay the bills and should not be her husband’s surrogate on women and the economy.”

“His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.”

“The backlash was brutal and swift.”

“David Axelrod, Obama’s top campaign strategist, tweeted that Rosen’s comments were “inappropriate and offensive.” The president’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said Rosen should apologize. And the Democratic National Committee downplayed any connection to Rosen or her firm.”

” ‘What she said was absolutely out of bounds,’ said DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard on MSNBC. ‘Ann Romney is someone who obviously has worked hard to raise five good boys and she’s made some tough choices in her life, I’m certain. Families should be absolutely out of bounds in this discussion.’ “

He added: ‘Hilary Rosen is absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not.”

“Romney’s campaign quickly assembled a conference call for reporters with the campaign’s female surrogates, who said Rosen’s comments pit women who make different choices in a difficult economy against each other.”

“The Democrats see them as the key to this election, the Democrats are saving their vitriol for highly successful Republican women, people like, sadly, Mrs. Romney,” said Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. “The Democrats continue their politics of division that President Obama himself said he’d change.”

“Some of the Republican response was divisive, too.”

“Many, many people in the Democratic Party view the choices that Ann Romney made as the greatest threat to feminism,” Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, said on the same call.

For her part, Rosen stuck by her argument. She accused Republicans of trying to change the subject by attacking her.”

Update to the story: Here’s the apology that just came out from Hilary Rosen (quoted from The Washington Post):

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles..”

“As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

It is offensive for anyone to suggest that raising kids isn’t work – especially FIVE BOYS. My hands are full with three, and I can’t imagine five boys. (Just watch “Malcom in the Middle.”)

And you know what? If Ann Romney worked outside the home they just would have been paying someone to do all the jobs that Ann would have done at home.

We have a lovely friend who has a very important job out of the home that takes her away from her kids, and she has literally hired three different people to cover all the homefront work that still needs to be done.

I am really glad that Michelle Obama Tweeted a response in support of Ann and I think it was well worded –“Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.”

So what do you think?

Is this pure politics to pit moms against moms?

Was this lady just not thinking when she said what she said? Did she have a valid point? What do you think of the apology?

Does this play into your voting at all?

How can this working-from-home mom/working-outside-the-home-mom debate be settled once and for all?

94 comments Add your comment


April 12th, 2012
2:44 pm

It’s a valid point – there are many women in the workforce who have several children; they work all day and come home to their families and keep going. Those women work. I am fortunate enough to be a stay at home mother and I have plenty of down time during the day while my kids are at school. I don’t remember having such luxuries when I worked full time – there were days I was lucky to be able to take a full hour for lunch.

So no, I don’t think stay at home mothers have it so tough. Plenty of down time, no boss to quiz you about proper time management, no deadlines (not counting school projects for the kids). Mothers who juggle a career and a family have the short straw in the deal, and I applaud them for that.

Kevin Lestor

April 12th, 2012
2:56 pm

I’m sure Ann Romney didn’t have much help either. It’s tough living on a few 100 million a year you know.


April 12th, 2012
3:14 pm

Annie, I find your comments demeaning. I think being a SAHM to school-aged kids is far different from being a SAHM to kids who are home full-time. I started motherhood with an 8-5 office job, then gradually moved that work to home. I now work only a few hours a week while raising a three-year-old and one-year-old, with twins on the way. I have never been busier or more tired in my life. And I’m lucky if I can sit for 15 minutes to eat with my kids. I can guarantee life next fall – with four at home – will be so much busier than when I used to work in an office while my son was at daycare.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 12th, 2012
3:21 pm

I have a call-in opinion — I am talking to girlfriend while I am cleaning house and her thoughts were that Ann Romney was probably on the campaign trail and doing government functions with her husband a good part of the time and that is “work” too.


April 12th, 2012
3:26 pm

Christina, I think Annie’s comments would be more-reflective of a “career” though. How long do you have kids that aren’t school-aged? 8 to 10 years tops? That’s not a career….that’s a long-term assignment.

If you continue to stay at home after your kids go off to school, you will be in Annie’s role much longer than your current one. You shouldn’t be offended by her comments, you should look forward to what you might have ahead of you.


April 12th, 2012
3:27 pm

Just to clarify….he only has one wife right?


April 12th, 2012
4:16 pm

Being a SAHM is a job… but for those of us who work AND raise kids, it’s simply a different game. They’re both difficult.

To me, the real issue with Ann Romney’s opinion is more about whether she has a real understanding of the economy that the other 99% of moms in the US deal with- whether we work or not. She may be fully capable of giving a good opinion of child-rearing but the fact of the matter is that if you NEVER have to worry about how to pay for daycare, formula, clothes, car repairs, babysitters, extra-curricular activities, house repairs, birthday parties, college, taxes, etc. then it’s really difficult for me to feel like you have a clue what it’s like to be an average American mom!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 12th, 2012
4:26 pm

but I think then the attack should have been about her family being millionaires, not a stay-at-home mom ????


April 12th, 2012
4:31 pm

Techmom, I agree. Either the beef is with her SAHM status, or it’s with the fact that she’s out of touch with everyday American struggles. Plenty of SAHMs feel the pinch of financial shortcomings, and plenty of career moms don’t … one does not lead to the other.


April 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

I was under the impression that the struggle for women’s advancements were so women could make their own choices and have options and opportunities. Yet it seems when some women wonder off the reservation (so to speak) of what is currently deemed acceptable by the progressive women of the day, those women are to be vilified and looked down on until they get back in line. Which is exactly the opposite of what the stated goal is.

I’m curious if Ms Rosen in the past has used to her political advantage the annual Mother’s Day study of how much a SAHM is worth if she is paid for each task?


April 12th, 2012
4:37 pm

More women have struggled to find work under President Obama’s watch than at any time in recorded history. We hear far too little about it, but women have been among the hardest hit by the Obama economy.

Women account for 92% of all job losses since Barack Obama took office. Yes, you read that right. Don’t be fooled — this is the real war on women.

African American Female UE in Jan 2009 10.2% in March 2012 13.3%
Hispanic/Latina Female UE in Jan 2009 10.2% in March 2012 10.8%

OK now that we have that out of the way:

Yes a Stay At Hom Mom (SAHM) does work. We have debated this before on this blog.

If the SAHM sits on her butt watching Talk Shows and eating cookies ignoring her children, no she does not work.

If the SAHM is active in PTA, carpool, lugging kids to various activties, helping with the homework, making sure a meal is on the table, house is clean, and the 675 other things I need to do when I get home tonight then HECK YES she works. Shoot one my good friends was saying his wife didn’t work and I asked about the short list there I gave….he affirmed she did those things plus takes his mother shopping and to the doctor every week. I said dude! She works and you need to appreciate it….he still wasn’t sure. So I said look you divorce her and I will marry her, she can have her own room since I don’t go that way….but she can take care of all that for me and my two while I keep my job at the office. He took her a dozen roses home that night.


April 12th, 2012
4:54 pm

“but I think then the attack should have been about her family being millionaires, not a stay-at-home mom ”


She married a man who was able to make millions and you begrudge her that?

Anyone on this board with 6 figures in salary (or even close to it) makes more than I do…..so should I decide to attack that? Most people I know make more than I do….I think they earn every penny too.


April 12th, 2012
4:55 pm

Jeff…..thank you! You said it all fantastically.


April 12th, 2012
5:09 pm

I don’t begrudge her for marrying a man who has millions. I just don’t think she should be the word of authority on what it’s like to be an average mom in America. That being said, I don’t think there are many, if any, politicians who understand what it’s like to be an average American, man or woman. So no, this does now sway my vote either way. They’re all a bunch of out-of-touch hooligans and it’s simply my job to choose the lesser of evils .

And yes Jeff, women are our own worst enemies.

K's mom

April 12th, 2012
5:39 pm

I want Hilary Rosen to come spend a day at my house so she gets a little glimpse into how I don’t work. First of all we made the decision for me to stay at home so that my husband could work 60+ hours a week to become successful in a new industry because job opps in his old industry dried up for a 45yo man making a very good salary. Second we have little disposable income because of our choice, it is certainly not a luxury. Third, in an attempt to contribute financially I started a business while my son napped. So I work about 12-14 hours a day with no vacation and I do not leave work. In an average day I am a maid, diaper changer, nutritionist, cook, driver, teacher/lesson planner, boo boo kisser, CFO, COO,laundry queen, toy fixer, personal assistant (I just fixed marketing bags with cookies and trinkets for my husband to take to clients tomorrow) and then I spend time trying to market my business and find additional training opportunities. Being a mother was my choice and I love it, but do not put my choice down because it is different than your own or because someone who has been blessed financially chose to stay at home with her 5 sons. I only have one son that is here and his laundry alone takes hours…I cannot imagine 5 boys.

Ms. Rosen’s other fault is continually defending her comments. I could go back to work full time and make a good living, but when we put pen to paper what I would bring home after childcare, gas, professional wardrobe, not cooking as much, etc would be negligible because my husband would have to cut back his hours and would not sell as much. Yes, the Romneys are wealthy, but that does not discount her hard work. I like working and want to work more, but it is not in the cards right now and I do not need to be put down by someone who has no interest in walking in my shoes.

I also believe that Ms. Rosen was trying to pit women against each other. Unfortunately that seems to be what both sides are doing trying to get the female vote. The right wants vestal virgins that vaccuum in high heels and have a martini made for the hubs when he gets home and the left wants to use class warfare to make working women come to their side. The sad thing is, if the word moderate were not so dirty these days and someone would come to the center and sit down with women of all types and have an actual conversation about our wants, needs, fears etc they might actually gain confidence from the female constituency. Until that happens you are going to have this ugliness. I am a Romney supporter and I do like his wife (which is part of his appeal for me) and I personally think what he has said about his wife speaking to women across the country is his trying to communicate (in a somewhat stilted manner) that he does want to hear what is on the minds of women.

Fred ™

April 12th, 2012
5:53 pm


April 12th, 2012
4:37 pm

More women have struggled to find work under President Obama’s watch than at any time in recorded history. We hear far too little about it, but women have been among the hardest hit by the Obama economy.

Women account for 92% of all job losses since Barack Obama took office. Yes, you read that right. Don’t be fooled — this is the real war on women.

You are either abysmally stupid to believe that or a pathological liar to know it’s false and post it anyway. Either way it voids anything you say. I don’t listen to or read stupid people or liars.

just another mom

April 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

Anyone who has children know that it is hard work regardless of whether you stay at home or work out of the house. However, it is a luxury to be able to live on only one income even when you have to sacrifice in order to make it work. Some families are not that fortunate whether they are single parents or simply need both incomes just to make ends meat. These families still volunteer as den leaders in scouts, sit on boards at their children’s charter school, attend all field trips and school performances, cart children to baseball practice and soccer practice, help with homework and school projects with older children while playing doll house with the younger ones. We walk the dog, do the laundry, clean the house, mow the lawn, take the children to doctor visits and COOK meals so that our children understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy meals. We do everything that stay at home parents do plus work from 8 – 5.

While I am often jealous of the luxury of parents that are able to devote the majority of their day to their kids, I also enjoy the work that I do. However, in my profession there are not many working moms and most of the bosses I have had have wives who stay at home to raise their children or they don’t have children. They do not identify with the stresses of raising a family and working and the struggle to find balance with both. That is the real issue.


April 12th, 2012
8:05 pm

Ann Romney doesn’t have a freakin clue what issues are faced by the majority of women in this country not because she is a SAHM but because she never went without a few million dollars in the bank. SAHM or working mom has nothing to do with it. Both Romneys are incredibly out of touch with the American public.

Martin Williams

April 12th, 2012
8:21 pm

Hilary Rosen is completely right and should not apologize. How much money was spent on nannies for those kids? More than 50% of women today work 8 full hours, pick the kid(s) up from daycare/or school, go home and prepare dinner too. Lets call a spade a spade. How much of that did Ann Romney really do? Sometimes these politically correct idiot politicians think we are always stupid and I believe they are 99% right as we vote them in year after year. Another truth, all the politicians/or lobbyist in Washington DC do not believe in higher taxes for millioniers because THEY ARE ALL millioniers…….if I am a millionier you truly believe I will create a law to tax me higher? NOT…


April 12th, 2012
9:01 pm

Agree with Techmom.

I am sure being a SAHM is busy, but I doubt it is nearly as busy as being a working mom AND all the other motherhood stuff ALSO. Part of it has to do with money, sure, but part of it is that there are only 24 hours in a day. If you do not have the money to buy extra “help”, then you are SOL. Raising children RIGHT, running a household (not a drop-in motel for transients), AND working outside the home 40 hours or more a week is a VERY tough gig.

The longest I was a SAHM was 3 months after the birth of my first child, so I have little perspective, but, done right, motherhood is a big job, running a house is a big job, and working is a big job. Put them together and you do NOT have Ms. Romney. No way. BS.

Way to exact class warfare...

April 12th, 2012
9:05 pm

…mom2alex&max and Martin Williams –

And Fred, will you supply some numbers to refute those you choose to lambast that FCM wrote? Without some documentation, YOUR comment is the one that seems to be a lie…

usually lurking

April 12th, 2012
9:12 pm

I’m curious – what’s a “very important job” and how does that justify/explain hiring people to do the homefront work? Seemed like a non sequitur to me.


April 12th, 2012
9:28 pm

While I think Hilary Rosen is an idiot, the fact that this is national news is absurd. The Obamas have no obligation to say anything about this person’s remarks. Every time Rush Limbaugh makes an idiotic statement, prominent Republicans are pressured to denounce his remarks. I don’t understand why politicians should feel any pressure to denounce remarks made by random morons that do not represent them.
Hilary Rosen’s apology only shows how clueless she really is. “I’m sorry” doesn’t work real well when it is followed later by, “but your husband has proposed nothing for women” Apologizing for a personal attack while making a personal attack is even more insensitive that just keeping your mouth shut.


April 12th, 2012
9:29 pm

Ms. Rosen noted Mrs. Romney’s lack of employment, not her parenthood status. It was Mrs. Romney who decided this was about motherhood.

It is absolutely true to say she’s never held a job. Motherhood is definitely work, but it’s work that the vast majority of women do in addition to – not instead of – paid employment.


April 12th, 2012
9:31 pm

I am a stay at home dad with three little girls. I am no means rich however, my wife is blessed enough to have a job that provides enough money to support my family on her own. I am a cook, maid, gardener, among all the other various chores that go along with being a SAHD. DO NOT TELL ME that this is not a job. I bust my butt every day.

Teresa the title of this blog is beyond insulting. No matter how much money you make, if you stay at home to raise a child, YOU ARE WORKING. End discussion


April 12th, 2012
9:33 pm

Obama never had a real job in his life before he was elected to the presidency. Folks should have a bigger problem with that than what someone’s wife has or has not done in the business world. Ron Paul’s wonderful wide Carol has raised 5 children I think including twhile he was in the military. She has many gradnchildren ,and may not have had a regular job but she will still make a wonderful first lady once Ron Paul is elected president. Her choice to stay home was in many ways possible because Federal Reserve inflation was relatively low and government spending and taxation were still low enough to allow only one salary to support a growing family. Before democrats rail against a man who makes enough money to allow his wife to stay at home and raise children, they should ask what government spending, government taxation, Federal Reserve created inflation, etc. have done to the buying power of the dollar and the real spending value of income. Two incomes are not required because the rich are rich, they are required because government takes away too much of our income in taxation and the hidden inflation tax that lowers the buying power of the incomes we do earn. Romney is a clown and won’t ultimately change anything from the shambles this country is in now, so this is certainly no endorcement, but nobody should have to appologize for the role they serve in society, and that of mother is critically important and should be valued with or without a traditional job. And neither one of them should ever comment on conditions of the average american regardless of how they substantiate their comments. They are fundamentally part of the crony capitalism structure that is destroying this country (as are the Obamas).


April 12th, 2012
10:05 pm

Dougmo, I bust my butt every day at home AND at work. I’m not saying you don’t work hard. I’m saying it’s not a job.


April 12th, 2012
10:48 pm

Dear Politicians, don’t view me as a woman, man, white, black, or any other special interest group you are currently pandering and attempting to bucket. Won’t take the bait. You only need to view me as a U.S. citizen, an individual who understands what the government is set forth to do. Hopefully in the upcoming elections the government will respect the Constitution, period. What is the role of government??? Maybe a good blog topic.


April 12th, 2012
11:57 pm

“but I think then the attack should have been about her family being millionaires, not a stay-at-home mom ????”

She wasn’t attacking her for being a SAHM or for making that choice. She was saying that she shouldn’t be her husband’s surrogate on women and the economy because she hasn’t faced the struggles most women do economically (she stupidly used the abbreviated “never worked” instead of “never had a paying job outside the home”). Staying home with the kids may be hard work, but it’s not a job a woman has to be hired to do or worry she’ll be furloughed or laid off from. Ann Romney never had to worry she would lose her job in a recession or experience a long, frustrating job search. She has no idea what it’s like to try to make ends meet or beat the pavement trying to find work. And that’s fine–good for her. But Rosen is right, she shouldn’t be her husband’s surrogate speaking on these matters. The campaign then smartly took the comments, claimed it was an attack on SAHMs in general, and ran with it. That’s how the game is played…


April 13th, 2012
12:51 am

I haven’t had to face MS or breast cancer nor reared 5 children nor have been in the national spotlight on a presidential campaign trail where judgment totally prevails (mostly wealth envy in her case) but will have to say, as a woman, love the strength and perseverence Ann Romney has shown throughout the hell of adversity thrown at her. Have no doubt, she will survive, as she is already a survivor. Strength and fortitude are not derived from wealth. Those attributes are available to anyone, you don’t have to wait on the government.

Vote for Obama cause he's black

April 13th, 2012
6:58 am

Women make choice to work outside of the home.You don’t have to be married to a millionaire.This story is based on player hating,that’s all.Women devalue themselves in this world who choose to work rather than stay home and raise the kids,stand behing their husband.In fact,that’s why the divorce rate went from 5% in the 50’s to 60% today.It all catches up with them,women who work outside the home become very masculine,rough.
If they were not so greedy,they would stay very feminine,the children would be brought up better,their marriages would be better.


April 13th, 2012
7:12 am

Who cares if she never worked in her life. Good for her. People need to spend less time worrying about others.


April 13th, 2012
8:12 am

We care because she has was put out there (by her husband) as someone who could relate to the struggles of women and the truth is that she can’t UNLESS, she raised those 5 boys without a full staff of cooks, drivers, nanny’s, maids, educators etc. I’ve been both, a stay at home and a working mom and I can say with a high degree of certainty that Ann Romney could never relate to me as a woman/mom.

Hilary Rosen had no reason to apologize, her statement “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.” was true.


April 13th, 2012
8:13 am

My mother worked. Women that work do it because they want to. Making an issue about it is inconsequential.
What is important are the issues; unemployment, national deficit, national security and the foundation of democracy[the constitution].
However, as politics go, it will degenerate into a personality contest.
The end result is a great personality gets elected.


April 13th, 2012
8:19 am

I totally get what Hilary Rosen was trying to say, although her words could have been chosen better. Fact is, if you can afford to stay home, or afford to hire people to care for your children while you work (not including day care facilities), then you DO NOT have a clue about the situation most working women with kids find themselves in. Ann Romney has not had to make a choice about paying the power bill, instead of a hospital bill, nor has she had to worry about putting money away for retirement instead of saving money for her children’s college. AND, she has not had to worry about taking time off work for a sick child, not knowing if her boss is going to fire her for it, or pass her over for a pay increase. Should I bring up the problem with absentee fathers and non payment of child support? There’s another can of worms… I’m sure Miss Ann can tell us all about that…


April 13th, 2012
8:22 am

To me it is valid to critisize Ann Romney on the basis that she has never been constrained by money. I’m sure she’s a great mom and has worked hard. We all admire her for that as we do the tens of millions of other moms raising thier kids and contributing to their communities. What Ann Romney hasen’t had to deal with that those other tens of millions of mom HAVE, is doing all that on a budget, sometimes an impossible budget. Having the monetary resources to do you job as a mother and community contributer is a luxury for the middle class. Ann Romney doesn’t know what it’s like to do without that luxury.


April 13th, 2012
8:24 am

Whether she worked or not doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. As nelson said, there are bigger fish to fry than whether or not Ann Romeny can relate to other women. I guess you feel that Obama and his millions can relate better than Romeny and his millions.


April 13th, 2012
8:26 am

Republican’s will jump on anything, if it allows them to play the victim.


April 13th, 2012
8:28 am

I agree with others and Hilary. I do not think her statement was about SAHM against working moms. It was she has never worked a day in her life. There were a lot of days before she was married and before she was a SAHM where she could have had a job. On those days she did not work. So the statement is true she has never worked. Can she tell me the plight of a women today in the workforce. No.

Lastly while there are many of SAHM’s on this blog, are any of you Romney rich? And do you really believe she was at home doing all the things that you are doing. Really, look at any of the “stars” on realty t.v. whose wives don’t work. They all have maids, nannies, and professional cooks. They really do not do the work that the SAHM’s do that completely engulfs their days. Not diminishing what she may do. But looking at reality.

This was truely a class statement and we are out of her class.


April 13th, 2012
8:46 am

Someone asked for the numbers on the claim about women’s job losses under the Obama administration. Here you go:



April 13th, 2012
8:50 am

Ms Rosen’s ‘apology’ is about as offensive as her comments. In it she blatantly attempts to shift the blame to her critics accusing them of starting a ‘phony war’ which also shows the utter hypocrisy of the left who ginned up the original ‘phony war’ on women.


April 13th, 2012
8:55 am

President Obama is said to have had a nanny growing up. The Obama children have had care takers. It is not like First Lady was at home with her kids while campaigning for her husband either.

Leave Mrs. Romney alone.


April 13th, 2012
8:58 am

The deep recession that began in December 2007 cost workers nearly 7.5 million jobs before it officially ended in June 2009. Between June 2009 and March 2012, the economy added over 2.3 million net jobs.[2] Women were largely left behind during the first two and a half years into the recovery, but they are finally showing net job gains. March marked the first month adult women’s unemployment rate finally dropped below their 7.6 percent unemployment rate at the start of the recovery in June 2009.[3]

During the recovery, women gained just 12.3 percent of the more than 2.3 million net jobs added to the economy.
Since the start of the recovery, adult women’s overall unemployment rate decreased from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent and adult men’s dropped from 9.9 percent to 7.6 percent.
Women’s small net job gain in the recovery has been driven by the loss of public sector jobs — women lost 396,000 public sector jobs during the recovery


Don’t call me a liar unless you can prove it


April 13th, 2012
9:07 am

Black unemployment has now remained above 10% for four straight years, and the given current economic sluggishness, some experts say it’s safe to predict the rate will remain above 10% for four more years.

“Our job creation is just not happening — certainly not at the rate necessarily to bring rapid reductions to the unemployment rate,” Austin said.

(Sep 2011)


No matter how you slice and dice or spin it……Obama has not helped the American people.


April 13th, 2012
9:37 am

Look what Bush did for the American people in the fall of 2008!


April 13th, 2012
9:42 am

I really try to ignore all of the rhetoric, but Ms. Rosen’s comments made me mad. Never mind that Mrs. Romney is Mormon and it’s extremely normal for Mormon families to have the mom staying home with the multitude of children. (Is this comment just another show of prejudice against Mormons in the US?) Never mind that Mrs. Romney has multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, painful disease. And never mind that she’s also had to struggle with and beat cancer.

Nobody wins when women act condiscendingly against other women. It demeans us all. It needs to stop.


April 13th, 2012
9:47 am

I agree with Tired. Yes, staying home with kids is work, but it’s not a job. A job is when somebody pays you to do something outside of the home and expects you to be there every day, do your work, and do it well. Those of us not only have to do this 8 hours a day, but we also have to come home and make dinner, find time to do laundry, clean the house, spend time with kids/husband, and then maybe possibly find a few minutes for ourselves(which is rare). I choose to work because I enjoy it, I went to college and got a degree that I’d like to use, and because my husband and I have financial goals we would like to achieve including retirement and saving for college for our kids that we would not be able to do on one salary alone. We also enjoy going on vacations and providing things for our children. Ann Romney is wealthy, and I’m sure never had to worry about things that the average woman, whether she works outside the home or not, has to worry about on a daily basis.
I don’t think Ms. Rosen needed to apologize at all.


April 13th, 2012
9:49 am

And yess Ann Romney did work. Raising 5 kids, let alone boys, is VERY hard work. I’m sure Mitt was away a lot, and she had to hold down the fort. She paid her dues!!!


April 13th, 2012
9:50 am

And its the old argument again, and again. Stay at home mom, vs working mom.

Raising kids is a job, it’s hard work. You dont’ earn a salary, which makes it even harder. I applaude any women who choses family over career.

a reader

April 13th, 2012
10:13 am

Shouldn’t the issue be why he had to ask his wife about the economic issues of women at all?

Given she hasn’t been in the workforce why is she any more in touch with that THAN HE SHOULD BE. It’s just odd to me that he turfed it off as if “women” were a foreign country or something. The economic issues of families (not just women) should be something he should have some basic understanding of.

I took the original tweet to be more in this vein, and find it rather silly how it’s blown up in both directions.

Really wish there was someone I felt okay about voting for come November … but sadly there’s not.