Can we get a woot-woot? The election season is almost over! Several times, I’ve had to give myself permission to be angry about comments and issues, comment on FB or CNN, and then move on with my day. Last week, however, it was hard to move on. Something got stuck in my craw.
Mitt Romney made it personal. He talked about me coming home to cook dinner.
Let’s just get this on the table now. I’m no Mitt Romney fan but after the Rick Santorum debacle, I let down my guard. Remember Rick Santorum? We [I mean women] dodged a bullet with that one! He wore his beliefs on his sleeve… to the extent of saying prenatal care was a precursor to abortion and rape was a gift in disguise. Mitt Romney couldn’t be that bad….could he?
Then Mitt chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Then Mitt wouldn’t release his tax records. Then secret tapes showed him dissing 47% of us and saying he didn’t want the public to get sick of his wife. It all left me wondering – Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?
The past few weeks, Mitt Romney is finally showing us who he really is: A candidate who says takes illogical positions (ramping up military funding while balancing the budget and cutting taxes?), unapologetically changes his positions (pro-Romneycare, anti-Obamacare) or takes every opportunity to deny or hide them (the taxes thing).[Note to my toddler son: I plan to raise you to be honest, consistent and trustworthy. Love, Mom.]
The highlight this week: He’s not interested in equal pay for equal work for women because it would be a strain on businesses*. You know, the poor little businesses that profit or move forward because of the work we do for them. When he was asked about that at last week’s debate, his response ended with his story of his “benevolent” treatment of a female staffer to allow her to get home on time to cook dinner.
I’m sorry, what? My interpretation: “Screw you and your equal pay BS, working woman. I will stand up for CEOs and the businesses and the wealthy, but not for you and your family. Now shut up and make me a hot meal.”
Thanks, Mitt, for ruining every dinner for us last week. I love making dinner for my family most nights but you just made it an angry event. I was angry that you turned a conversation about fair pay into one about dinner. I was angry at my husband for even joking that he’d vote for you because you’d make sure I made him dinner every night. I got angry thinking about the future, hoping that this issue will be solved by the time my kids enter the working world. Most of all, I was angry because the 9% inexplicable gap in women’s wages compared to men is plain and simple BS.
Thanks but no thanks. Letting me go home early – while nice – is in no way a substitution for advocating for equal pay for me. You either are interested in ensuring I can get the SAME PAY for the SAME JOB as a man with the SAME CREDENTIALS, or you support unequal treatment. There is no gray area for me here. If you won’t stand up for working women in this regard, I see no reason to stand up for you. Or make you dinner.
*AUTHOR’S EDIT: OK he didn’t actually say he’s not interested in equal pay…. but he hasn’t said anything on the subject, which leads me to assume that he is in step with the Republican Party that policy promoting equal pay for equal work would hurt businesses and corporations.
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