Ann Romney has been a stay-at-home mom her entire career. Being a stay-at-home mom is work. I would go so far as to say that it is at least as difficult and important as a paying job. But it's not the same as working in the economic job market. Motherhood is a job from which you cannot be fired. Incompetence in this job won't get your children, or your livelihood, taken away. The major repercussion instead is lack of fulfillment and anger through your life.
For purposes of this article, I will differentiate between the work of raising children and a workplace job by calling the former work and the latter a job.
In Mrs. Romney's work, she sets her own schedule. There are few if any deadlines, and failure to complete a task carries no repercussions. In a job your schedule is set by your superiors. Deadlines must be met every day and failure to complete a task is grounds for termination. Being terminated from a job carries repercussions far beyond mere lack of self fulfillment. Mrs. Romney has never had to face the prospect of not being able to feed or house her five sons. That lack in and of itself, disqualifies her from completely understanding the economic world, and yet Mitt Romney claims to go to Mrs. Romnney for feedback on how women care more about economics than personal rights.
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