Kellyanne Conway was asked during a Politico “Women Rule” event if she would consider taking up a role in the White House.
The event, which was held at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, was helmed by President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett, according to Slate, attempted to impart some woman-to-woman advice to President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser. But, it fell on deaf ears.
Jarrett reportedly said, “I encouraged her to give [being a working mom in the White House] a try. First of all, because the experience inside the White House, working with somebody who you respect and know as well as she does — the president-elect — is unique, and I’ve had the benefit of that, and I wouldn’t have traded the last years for anything.”
It seems that most women working in politics would jump at the opportunity to work in the White House, but, then again, not all women are Conway.
#kellyanneconway Your Daughters need a Better Role Model. A mother doesn't belong in a high powered position @ The White House?— Raymond Pace (@Raybones99) December 8, 2016
“My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside [the White House],” Conway said. “They have to come first, and those are very fraught ages.”
As ABC reported, Conway said that although there indeed are positions for working mothers in the capital, “we still have to make choices, and there are limits.”
Clearly Conway is not opposed to being a working mom in practice. After all, she was the first woman to lead a Republican presidential campaign. But, as The Washington Post argued, she’s “playing the ‘woman card’ all wrong.”
According to Conway, when male colleagues asked her if she would consider a role in the White House, she said, “I did politely mention to them that the question isn’t, ‘Would you take the job?’ … but ‘Would you want your wife to?’ And you really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.”
New York Magazine’s The Cut noted a valuable comparison which may sum up why Conway’s comments can be perceived as disappointing to the millions of working moms nationwide. In Ivanka Trump’s “Motherhood” video, in which she supports Trump’s maternity-leave policy, she says that “the most important job any woman can have is being a mother.”
While being a mother is undeniably important, it’s not a “job” that pays the bills. Only a woman as privileged as Conway would scoff at the prospect of getting the chance to work directly with the president. But, to give her the benefit of the doubt, perhaps she’d just rather not continue working with an overt misogynist such as Trump and was using her kids as a scapegoat.
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