Sunday, April 22, 2007

Congressmommy

So the Times ran a piece today by AP about women giving birth while in Congress. According to the history there have only been five women to become mothers while voting members of the House.

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Democrat of California, is believed to be the first; she gave birth to a daughter in 1973. Others are Enid Greene Waldholtz, Republican of Utah, who had a daughter in 1995; Susan Molinari, Republican of New York, who had a daughter in May 1996; and Blanche Lincoln, Democrat of Arkansas, whose twin sons were born in June 1996.

Now I will never give birth and will never know the pain and never understand, but what the hell is this piece doing in the New York Times? Women throughout the world hold positions of power as mothers, wives, and partners. Why is the fact that they have two ovaries and a uterus news worthy?

I for one will not stop reading the Times over this, but come on! This isn’t the Washington Times or some other local storybook newspaper. This is the paper of record and should act accordingly. Women should be treated as equals in the eyes of the American people. These stories make powerful and smart women out to be less than. I am sure most Congresswoman would love to make the Sunday Times, but for the leg they introduce not for the fact that they can have children.

Why should I care if my Rep is going to give birth or not? We have maternity leave in the country, we respect women’s rights (well at least 4 out of 5 Justices do), and I am just lost at how a woman who works being pregnant is news.

My mom worked through two full term pregnancies and my dad was featured in a LOCAL paper about being Mr. Mom. But that was in 1987. We haven’t moved forward in 20 years? Sad.

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