By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 at 10:56 am in Other.
The news that John McCain had picked Sarah Palin, Alaska’s conservative governor and a mother of five, including a 5-month-old with special needs, as his presidential running mate sent waves through the public consciousness. Palin made it plain in her acceptance speech that she expects the 18 million women who supported Hillary Clinton to transfer their allegiance to her, despite their vastly differing politics. And just as we were wrapping our minds around all these new developments, Palin announced this weekend that her unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.
As the New York Times said in a story this morning on “Mommy Wars: Special Campaign Edition,” American women are feeling pretty conflicted. You too? Click “comments” and share your thoughts. Juggling motherhood and working life is difficult enough. What about juggling the Vice Presidency of the United States with a five-month-old and four other children, including a teen who’s due to deliver her own baby just before Inauguration Day? Is that teen pregnancy an issue? Should it be? What do you think of all this?