Mitt Romney said this past January that he thinks stay at home moms taking care of small children are lacking in dignity since they’re not working real jobs.
Romney was talking about moms on welfare, but he might as well been talking about Martians, it doesn’t matter – his point was that stay at home moms don’t have real jobs, or at the very least their jobs aren’t as good as the jobs of women working paid jobs in the workplace, and that stay at home moms don’t have the same level of dignity of women who with paying jobs in the workplace.
What Mitt Romney said this past January is far worse than even the worst interpretation of what Hilary Rosen said this past week.
Hilary was questioning whether stay at home moms were intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the paying workplace. Mitt Romney was suggesting that women who stay at home taking care of their kids aren’t working real jobs, and therefore don’t have the dignity of women with “real” jobs.
Here’s what Mitt Romney said, followed by the video.
“I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work… I want individuals to have the dignity of work.”
In other words, if you’re a mom at home taking care of a child two years of age, you’re not “working,” and you don’t have “the dignity of work.”
And here’s the video via Chris Hayes, who unearthed the quote:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640
Romney knows he’s in trouble on this. You should read the convoluted answer non-answer he gave to the Huffington Post after he was confronted with his “dignity” quote from January.
I think Mitt Romney owes his wife, and every stay at home mom in the country, an apology for questioning their work and their dignity.