The Female Factor
A timely series of news bytes from the Independent Women’s Forum   

September 4, 2008

The Female Factor #1
The Mommy Wars

John McCain made a bold political statement last Friday by picking a very little known, dark horse candidate by the name of Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.  Unfortunately, since then, many individuals, in politics as well as in the media, have used this opportunity to focus on trivial issues and make personal attacks on Gov. Palin.

“The media spectacle over Gov. Palin reeks of a return to the mommy wars,” said IWF president and CEO Michelle Bernard.  “It is ridiculous to think that in 2008 with all the progress women have made in every facet of American life that some people have called into question whether a mother of five is capable of serving as vice president.  Some mothers choose to stay at home while others choose to work.  We should respect mothers regardless of what decision they make on behalf of their family.”

“The only thing that matters is if Palin would be a good vice president,” added IWF’s Allison Kasic.  “This election should be about issues, not family matters.  Gov. Palin’s family should be given the same privacy and respect as the other candidates.”

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