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  •  I question whether Ann Romney even had a choice (5+ / 0-)

    Let me be clear, this is NOT a bash on the Mormon church. People are entitled to believe what they want. It's just pointing out some hard reality.

    Given that when she started having children, Mormon women were flat-out told that their place was in the home. I remember back in the 1980s when Ezra Taft Benson (then president of the Mormon church) gave a talk about how women really really really should be at home with their children. I heard from my friends who were in university with me and had kids and they were under extreme pressure and guilt trips from their families because they wanted to continue with their degrees.

    Being a wife and a mother is still promoted as the best things a Mormon woman can do. This despite the fact that economic realities being the way they are, I know Mormon women who have kids and work outside the home and no doubt deal with the guilt that comes from it.

    So I would argue that Ann Romney did not have a choice,  that she had to stay home with her sons because that's what she was hearing at church every Sunday as her role in life.

    •  Maybe, (0+ / 0-)

      but not because of financial reasons.

      I wonder if she realizes that she's from a generation with few choices for Mormon women, as you say?

    •  In her imagination she probably believes she (2+ / 0-)
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      made a choice. I would love to ask her what career she put on hold permanently to make the 'choice' to stay home.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 02:58:21 PM PDT

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    •  I agree 100% (0+ / 0-)

      And she was a convert! Nobody believes as devoutly and fully as a convert. A convert brought to the church by Mr. George Romney because she was dating Mitt in high school. Ushered into the church by George Romney to be worthy of his son, she probably never had any expectation of working outside the home.

      Really, her choice was made when George Romney dunked her.

    •  She is kind of (1+ / 0-)
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      murrayewv

      in a gilded cage...that still doesn't make her an economics expert.

      "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

      by chicating on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 06:37:27 PM PDT

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