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What Hilary Rosen Wishes She Had Said

Step on board the 2012 time machine. First, we're debating whether women should have combat roles, next, whether they should have unfettered access to birth control and now, whether they really "work" if they shun the traditional workforce to stay at home to raise children. But, as I was reaching into the back of my closet to see if I could my locate my old white bell-bottoms and the jacket with the Indian fringe on the sleeves, it dawned that this newest political hot button - touched off by Democratic operative Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney "hasn't worked a day in her life" - is not the 1970s throwback that it appears to be at first blush.

During the daylong fallout from Rosen's remark, Salon's Joan Walsh was among the commentators wondering aloud why we are once again this election season debating a question that has been asked and answered decisively since the feminist movement radically altered working lives for both sexes. But, on reflection, the quandary of work-versus-home touches a nerve for women that is still quite raw in some ways, despite three bygone decades of well-intentioned government actions intended to guarantee a level playing field of choice.

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