December 8, 2016 4:50 pm -

Conway has a double standard for taking high-level White House jobs.

Conway said that mothers should not accept high-powered career opportunities—a standard that does not apply to fathers, in Conway’s opinion.


Conway told the audience at Politico’s “Women Rule” event on Wednesday that it would be impossible for her to serve both in the Trump White House and as a mother to her four children, all of whom are under 12. Conway’s husband is a partner at a Big Law firm. From Politico:

“I do politely mention to them the question isn’t would you take the job, the male sitting across from me who’s going to take a big job in the White House. The question is would you want your wife to,” Conway said, describing conversations she’s had with male colleagues. “Would you want the mother of your children to? You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.”

…The problem with Conway’s comments is not that she values her family or spending time with her young children. It’s that she seems to believe that it is the onus of the woman in a family to sacrifice her career opportunities so that her husband may have his. Even more troubling, Conway implies that no good mother should take on such a job—an attitude that feels ripped out of Mad Men.

It goes without saying that many women have not allowed such outdated attitudes about gender roles stop them from working in the White House.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.