During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), then running for Vice President, was viciously criticized by many for being a working mom. The sexist question raised by some Democrats was, “If elected, how would she be able to spend any time with her children?” She was hardly ever praised for being a role model for working moms.
When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared on “This Week” with George Stepanopolous on Jan. 25, 2009, something quite different occurred. The discussion was about the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat of Secretary of State nominee Hilary Clinton and the appointment to the United States Senate of US Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand by N.Y. Governor David Paterson to that vacant seat. I didn’t know much about Gillibrand, but I was surprised when Ms. Pelosi praised her for being a working mom. I believe that Pelosi was not one who actually attacked Palin for being a working mom in 2008, but I was alarmed at how different her treatment of Gillibrand was than how Palin was treated by Democrats (and the mainstream media) during the campaign. Amazingly, Pelosi said that Gillibrand could “speak to the aspirations of so many working moms”. We should have at least heard that some of the time about Palin from fair-minded liberals during the campaign. However, none were apparently able to have been that honest late last year.