Hilary Rosen is being unfairly attacked across the media. Sarah Palin has joined in this relentless attack, indicating that the “mama grizzlies across the nation “have been awakened.” I am a stay-at-home mom. I have MS. I actually watched the original interview of Hilary Rosen on CNN.

I was not offended in the least by what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, a stay at home mom, and a woman who suffers from M.S. To my surprise Republicans and reporters across the country have attacked Hilary for her comments in what has been characterized as a “furious” political storm. Wolf Blitzer on CNN attacked Hilary Rosen, treating her with total disrespect. Here is the demeaning attack by Wolf Blitzer.

Here is a transcript of the actual interview that gave rise to this purported outrage:

“First, let’s get rid of the words, “War on women” Obama doesn’t use those words. .…With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney is right, that ultimately women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, ‘Well, you know my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues and when I listen to my wife that’s what I’m hearing.

Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and why do we worry about their future.

So I think that, yes, it’s about these positions and yes, I think there will be a war of words about the positions. But there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney. He just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women and I think that comes across and I think that that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.  

As great a woman and mother as Ann Romney may be, she is not experienced on the issues facing women who work outside the home who are not wealthy.

Consider the entirety of Hilary’s comments. It is clear that when considering a woman’s view regarding economic issues, Mitt Romney uses his wife as his resource, who is not a wage earner, to consider how women relate to “economic issues.” It is precisely because Ann Romney doesn’t work outside the home that Mitt Romney demonstrates his inability to truly understand the economic issues facing women today. Here are facts that Mitt would not know if he bases his impression of the “average” woman in the United States on his wife, who has never worked outside the home:

1. Sixteen percent of preschoolers are regularly cared for by their father.

2. Female employment has been steadily increasing over the past decades, both in numbers and percentages of the female population. Women tend to have lower incomes. While this gap also is gradually narrowing, women still earn less than 80% of what men make.

3.  Over half of the women in the United States are currently employed.

4. In 2010 it was reported that the number of children in single-mother families has risen dramatically over the past four decades. Researchers have identified the rise in single-parent families (especially mother-child families) as a major factor driving the long-term increase in child poverty in the United States. The effects of growing up in single-parent households have been shown to go beyond economics, increasing the risk of children dropping out of school, disconnecting from the labor force, and becoming teen parents. Children in lower-income, single-parent families face the most significant barriers to success in school and the work force.

5. 11.6 million single parents –– mostly mothers — were living with their children in 2009.  The vast majority of those single moms don’t have more than one home or car.

6. The 2008 US census reported 9.9 million single mothers. 

7. More than half of the unmarried Americans are women. For every 100 single women, there are 88 unmarried men available.

In conclusion Hilary Rosen was simply making the point that Mitt Romney shouldn’t base his understanding of women’s perspective on the economy on what Ann tells him. She is wealthy. She is not employed. What Hilary Rosen said was clearly not intended to be disrespectful to Ann Romney. It was the direct attacks on Hilary Rosen who has been a stay at home mother, that were disrespectful. Mitt Romney has demonstrated his lack of understanding about issues important to women.  June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver no longer represents the average American woman, and neither does Ann Romney.