I am the proud mother of two children. And, I work as an electrician. When I am laid off and parent full-time, I wonder how I ‘do it’ when I am gone 10 to 11 hours a day and then come home and “play mommy.” In reference to Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney "has never worked a day in her life," she just doesn’t get it.
If you are parenting right, this is work every day of your life, whether you stay at home or not.
Not only has Ann Romney been working and raising 5 boys, she also boasts a long list of accomplishments and public service:
- Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, she has been an active Board Member of the New England Chapter of the MS Society. She has been a leading fundraiser for advocacy and research for MS.
- Governor’s Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
- United Way of Massachusetts Bay supporter
- Initiator, Co-Chair and Member of the Faith and Action Committee serving at-risk youth
- United Way Board Member
- United Way Executive Committee
- United Way Community Impact Committee
- Involved with the international program Right to Play
- Volunteers time and leadership to equine therapy programs to physically disadvantaged children
- Volunteers for the annual Scholastic Reading event
- Volunteers for Partners for Youth with Disabilities
- Volunteers for the American Red Cross
- Volunteers for the Perkins School for the Blind
- Was a Board Member for the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund
- Received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Kids
- Director of Best Friends addressing needs of inner-city girls
- Volunteer instructor at Mother Caroline Academy
- Board Member of Families First
- Served on the Women’s Cancer Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital
- Earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University
As parents, we make choices every day that impact our children. Hilary Rosen chose her path as a Democratic straegist, whether out of need or desire to continue work. Ann Romney was able to find a way to stay home and place raising her children on the top of the list, a choice that, in all honesty, most mothers would love to have the opportunity to do. But she didn’t stop with her own family.
This list indicates a lifetime of service to other children all around the world. It does not show how many times she ran 5 boys to different sporting events and practices. And, don’t anyone tell me that when your child or children are sick that you are not working. Oh yeah, Ann is married, too, which in my experience is a ton of work.
Though I am uncertain why Rosen made such a hateful statement was made, and am frankly shocked that it was made by another mother, I am certain that all women work hard and make tough choices every day, balancing their roles as mothers, wives, and friends.