Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, teared up at a CNN event while explaining the challenges facing young working mothers.
During a panel featuring women in politics, Romney McDaniel was asked about “having it all.” It’s just not a women’s panel until someone gets the “having it all” question…a question that is nearly never asked of men.
Romney McDaniel replied, “I don’t know if you can have it all.” Her emotion spilled out in her voice. “I don’t want to cry. It’s hard to have it all.” The mother of two is working in D.C. and traveling around the country while her young kids live at home with her husband in Michigan.
Running the political party with power in the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives is no easy task, nor is it a nine to five job. The job means missing out on a huge chunk of family life. She is sacrificing a great deal to run the RNC at this pivotal moment for the party, and for the country.
But – and this is a big but – Romney McDaniel shows no regret about the path she has chosen. In fact, she encourages other moms to do the same. “It’s important for me as a mom to be here and show other women that moms can do this,” she said. “We have to do it because it’s women like us who have young kids who don’t step up. If we don’t take these leadership roles, our voices won’t be heard.”
Old school conservatism glorified stay-at-home moms. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with raising kids full-time, fewer women are choosing that path. It would be a fatal mistake for a political party to ignore working moms.
From the outside looking in, Romney McDaniel already has it all. She has a husband, two kids, and a thriving career. In 2015, she was elected Michigan GOP chair in a landslide victory. Romney McDaniel then worked tirelessly to get then-candidate Donald Trump a win in Michigan. She was tapped to succeed Reince Priebus at the RNC. She comes from a prominent political family (yep, she’s one of those Romney’s – Mitt is her uncle). If she struggles with work-life balance, then maybe women who look up to her shouldn’t be so hard on themselves.
Romney McDaniel exemplifies a humble, honest, refreshing version of feminism that acknowledges the painful choices women must make, and encourages them to press onward anyway. There is no path for women that does not involve sacrifice: either sacrificing a career to stay home, or sacrificing some family time to have a job. Her path demonstrates the adage shared by Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright, among others: “You can have it all. But you can’t have it all at once.”
Angela Morabito writes about politics, media, ethics, and culture at Bear2theRight.com. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and has appeared on On the Record with Greta van Susteren as well as Cavuto: Coast to Coast.
Source: Red Alert Politics
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