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Friday, June 02, 2006

Elizabeth Vargas Stands Up For Motherhood ---Feminists Dismayed

One week ago today, Elizabeth Vargas made a personal decision in favor of motherhood; she decided to step down as co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in order to focus on being a good mother. Vargas, who is the mother of a 3-year-old and who is expecting her second child this summer said, "For now, for this year, I need to be a good mother."

That explanation, however, didn't satisfy leaders of several feminist groups, many indicating that they believe Vargas was forced to step down.

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said

It seems unlikely to me, having survived and thrived through her first pregnancy, that she would logically give up the top job in TV a few months out, anticipating she couldn't handle it. It just doesn't strike me as a logical explanation. I don't think there are too many men who would be happy to be removed from the anchor chair.

Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, indicated plainly how feminist groups view motherhood.

We see it as a demotion. We're worried. Is this a return to the days when it was tougher for women to get ahead?

So there you have it. Smeal has revealed the true colors of feminism. Feminists see motherhood as a demotion. However, I suspect that mothers across America would beg to differ. There is no job more important than motherhood.

Good for Vargas for doing what is right for her children. Shame on feminists who claim to represent women yet belittle one of the highest callings a woman could hope for.


Blogger Christina said...

Feminists have never cared about women and issues that are uniquely feminine. Feminists care about obtaining power, in any means at their disposal.

The words of Eleanor Smeal are utterly demeaning and so wrong.

Being a mother is by far the most demanding, time-consuming, important and wonderful job that can be found, not a demotion.

Once again, the feminists don't speak for real women, just women who seek power at any price.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Malott said...

Gandy: "anticipating she couldn't handle it..."

I don't think Vargas's decision was based on what she could handle or what was best for her. Obviously Gandy can't understand that a woman would choose what was best for her children... and we should all be thankful that Gandy wasn't our mother or the mother of our children.

And Bryan,
I'm looking forward to hearing you next week.

11:44 AM  

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