Hilary Rosen Owes All Stay-at-Home Moms an Apology

Ms. Rosen? Dawn Stensland would like a word with you.

Moms across America are mad (and I’m one of them) after a boneheaded comment about mothers who don’t “work.” Oops, hang on. I need a minute to set down my box of bonbons to write my rant. Apparently, Washington insider and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen believes that if you are a stay-at-home mom, you don’t work. Rosen first made her comments last night on national television when she attacked Ann Romney, wife of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Rosen said, “Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” At first, during interviews early today, Rosen refused to apologize or take back her very personal attack. She has now released a statement saying, “”I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended.”

For the first time in her life last night, Mrs. Romney sent out a tweet: “I made a choice to stay at home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” The 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 is also a breast cancer survivor who struggles with multiple sclerosis.

Rosen owes all of us “non-working” moms a genuine apology. I am home right now with my two little boys. My job is helping shape the future of America. There are no sick days. There’s no such thing as “phoning it in.”

I’d love to write more about the powerful, positive impact of millions of stay-at-home parents across America … but I don’t have time. I’ll never forget the day another mom approached me on the playground and introduced herself. She said that she had just moved to Philadelphia and she heard I “used to be somebody.” I shook her hand and welcomed her to Philadelphia and said, “Yes, I used to be a TV news reporter and anchor. But now, I’m somebody’s Mom.”