I’ve been struck by the story of Sarah Palin, a governer from Alaska who is the first woman to ever grace a Republican Presidential nomination. Her life is an inspiring story: a hockey mom who became president of the PTA, and then got nominated to city council, and then won a position as mayor of her town, which led to winning the role of governer of her state.
Almost as interesting as her political career is her journey as a mom. She has a son who will shortly be deployed to Iraq – a stressful situation for any mother. She has a 17-year-old daughter in an unplanned pregnancy – another challenge for their family to endure. And she has a five-month-old son with special needs, who will undoubtedly need lots of care and attention.
I’ve been thinking lately about how difficult accepting this nomination must have been for her. The vice-presidential nomination is certainly the job of a lifetime for someone in her field. And yet, a job with potential 90-hour work weeks would certinaly give any mother pause, much less one with a newborn and four other children who will be deserving of time and attention in the coming years.
Without casting judgement on her choices, what would you have done if faced with the same decision? Would you have jumped at the chance for a job of a lifetime? Or would you have sacrificed your career dreams to assure more availability at home? On a different level, I think this is a decision working mothers must make on the daily basis, and I don’t think it could ever be easy.