There's been a lot of talk the past two days about the battle between SAHMs and moms who work outside the home (created by Hilary Rosen's attack on moms).
Does anyone else find it "coincidental" that this attack from Hilary Rosen came just a few days after Obama made the comment that he and Michelle didn't have the luxury for Michelle to stay home? I don't find it coincidental at all, I find it purposeful and manipulative- but that's a topic for another day.
The topic I want to cover today is about sacrifices. Women make sacrifices. It's in our nature to want to nurture others. We make sacrifices for our jobs, for our children, for our husbands. We make sacrifices to take care of our elderly parents and for community events, and to care for our neighbors.
When Obama's children were 4 and 7, and he was elected into the Senate, he was being paid $162,100. Now I'm a stay at home mom, and I look at that figure, and it's a heck of a lot more than we live off of... I mean, a dang lot more. So let's talk about luxuries, shall we Mr. Obama? You wife has the luxury of fine dining, the luxury of designer clothes, and the luxury of fancy vacations. Were she to make those sacrifices, she would most certainly have the luxury to stay home with your children and live a very nice life. But she didn't choose that, and unlike Hilary Rosen- an adviser to the DNC- I celebrate Michelle's right to choose what's right for her.
What was likely intended for the Obama Administration to divide women, should only unite us to celebrate our lives, our choices, and our victories. We live in a country where we have the choice, to not only have a child, but to have multiple children. We live in a country where we are free to send them to daycare, keep them at home, or negotiate child watching schedules with neighbors. We live in a country where we can get a job, go to school, or stay home. We have the choice to prioritize our own agendas, to determine for ourselves what is most important to us, and to live that life without persecution. At least so I thought.