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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Ying Fah
Provo, UT

The issue is whether women who choose to seek an education and a career should have the encouragment and support to pursue their dream or should they be restricted in their choices and made to fit a historical stereotype of conformity. Certainly, there is that vast majority of women how would like to build lives that encompasses both worlds, but usually this is only until the demands of traditional roles exert an influence.

However, there is very little support for women who want to pursue a career, even rejecting the traditional role within which society may demand they accept. These women (career women with the skills and experience necessary for the highest levels of business and government) are usually cast as undesirable and threatening.

Romney's conservative background may affect his perspective of professional women and whether they are competent since he may, at his core, believe that a woman's place, first and foremost, is in the home. Nonetheless, providing that path to excellence in career remains a major challenge for young women today.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Some women want careers; some women want to stay home; some women want both. Some men want careers; some men want to stay home; some men want both. True workplace equality would allow each person the career path he or she wishes, and would allow both men and women flex time if that is what their career paths would need. This isn't just a women's issue, despite the way Romney tries to "dress" it.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Employers should hire the best person for the job? If they don't surely they will do less well than employers who do. Why all the furor and the clamor for government interference?

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

I attended a dinner last week. At my table of strangers was a Baby Boomer who recounted that when she was in college, the only career options for an educated woman were teacher and nurse. Also at my table was a young SLCC student who had recently switched from pre-med to nursing (she said she was intellectually capable of being a doctor, but her heart took her to the hands-on care of nursing). One generation had a choice; the other didn't.

Ms. Erickson seems to be faulting feminists for not supporting employment reforms that enable choice (like flex schedules, telecommuting, etc.). Yet if she were to look at history, it was the women's movement that championed these changes and brought them into the workplace (look through Ms. magazines from the 70s-80s). Gov. Romney is a Johnny-come-lately to the issue. His binders were prepared for him by progressive feminist groups. The ones limiting choice are those reactionary elements who believe that a woman's primary obligation is to be a mother first and foremost and would limit the opportunities of women to do otherwise. A certain avian forum locally comes to mind.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

When feminists bash Ann Romney for supporting her husband - while excusing Clinton for molesting women - it is clear who the real misogynists in America truly are.

Salsero
Provo, UT

Counter Intelligence

Salt Lake City, UT

Are you quoting Rush Limbaugh verbatim here? Where else does this nonsense originate?

To hear Mitt Romny extol his support for women, one would think that he was a major supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment instead of opposing its ratification. Somehow he has morphed into this champion of women's rights. Perhaps he is really only a proponent of traditional women's roles and only reluctantly accepts change because the world around him has changed.

Have you ever notice that in the famous picture of Mitt and his associates standing with money falling out of their pockets, there are no women? Kind of tells you in a nutshell what he thinks about women in the workplace.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Salsero

Anyone who dissents from your bloated politically correct dogma must listen to Limbaugh?
Really?
That is the best you can do?

If you really want to know - I never listen to AM radio let alone Limbaugh.

My image of feminist hypocrisy is mostly derived from listening to Stephanie Cutter (Obama assistant campaign manager) Sandra Fluke, Hillary Rosen, Gloria Steinem, and our own Furry1993 (as well as the famous misogynists at MSNBC)

It is telling that you made a personal attack against me in order to cover for the fact that you were unable to ignore the reality that feminists have attacked Ann Romney for being a full-time mother (specifically; attacks from Hilary Rosen and Furry) AND feminists have largely ignored Clinton's abuse of women (including credible serious allegation regarding Juanita Broderick); instead awarding him a sort of giddy feminist "bad boy" status

So in direct answer to your question: This "nonsense" directly originates with YOU and your hypocritical cohorts

Your attempt to disown that reality with a diversionary "Limbaugh assault" merely make it that much more laughable.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Now that the Ameriban women's movement has done its thing, exactly what choices are America's women lacking?

bandersen
Saint George, UT

All those clamoring for equality and flexibility are really clamoring for government to make those choices for them, an irony indeed for those who want more 'flexibility' and 'choice', but only through government mandates and interference!

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

Hey guess what, men can't have it all either. I would love to spend more time with my family, and have a successful career, and pursue my own business. Guess what? I can't do it all. I have to make choices and sacrifices. The idea that women can have it all is just as ridiculous as the notion that men can have it all.

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