The recent comment by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen saying that Mitt Romney’s wife Ann “had never worked a day in her life” has created a lot of controversy on the perception of women as it relates to politics.
While Obama answered diplomatically that “There is no tougher job than being a mom,” The Huffington Post agrees that “what has been missed in the hoopla is a simple truth: Hilary Rosen was right.”
In a way, this article sheds light on the stark difference the worlds of the wealthy and the world of the working live in. Romney’s dogmatic theories of letting the poor be poor all are part of a philosophy that people in Romney’s circle seem to fall under, that “they are all out of touch with the realities of everyday life for the majority of Americans, and indeed the world’s global citizenry” (Williams).
The article notes that the wealthy seem to miss how many missed opportunity mothers have balancing the workplace and the home.
Minnesota Daily highlights another problem regarding the mistreatment of women in politics. This contains to issues regarding birth control, abortion, and equal pay.
“Repealing this law is a denial of the gap between men’s and women’s pay that still persists. Taking away equal pay guarantees is a step backward for women’s rights in the workplace, and people should be appalled by Walker’s decision to do so” (Daily Editorial Board)
There is a huge gap that must be questioned to ask where the power for women come from; where are women in politics represented?
Again, the Huffington Post reinforces that wealth plays a huge role, but even then it seems as if women don’t have enough power to fight their own battles. As MN Daily notes, “A major problem is women are largely underrepresented in government” (Daily Editorial Board). Statistically, U.S. ranks 90th in the world for some in legislatures and women make up 51% of the population and only 17% of Congress.
While the topic seems to be directly affecting women, the men seem to be making all the decisions.
But do young women coming up in the city today hold a similar apprehension about an allegiance to old archetypes of female power? To grievances about equal pay or ideas about the perils of exploitive media images? Or have they achieved sufficient distance to reclaim this territory?