Another Excited Female Voter For Romney!
I don’t doubt that Mitt Romney thinks he’s being magnanimous, maybe even progressive, when he touts his support for flex-time for women so they can get home and cook dinner for their families. It is progressive — in 1963. (Maybe Mitt should build a time machine and run for president there.) Unfortunately, when a woman asks you about pay equity and you spout off about getting home to cook dinner? Yeah, that’s a #fail. This is not to say that flex-time isn’t an important issue — but it’s an issue for men as well as women, and it’s about more than cooking dinner.
More importantly, though, this kind of thinking is exactly what leads to women’s inequity in the workplace. People who think like Mitt Romney believe that if a child is sick, dinner needs to be cooked, or someone needs to be home for the appliance repairman it’s the woman who will be seeing to it. So while Romney is showing how nice he is by letting the ladies take the time to tend to these familial duties, he is simultaneously saying they’re not cut out for advancement, and not deserving of higher pay. It is a profoundly old-fashioned viewpoint which continues to dominate the American workplace and limiting opportunities for women and hamstringing families.