Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities

I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say.

But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t.

She could have used it as a platform to explain that she’s lucky. She can bring her baby to work to nurse but many women don’t have that right. She can juggle work and family because she has support from her husband and money to pay for help, but so many women are struggling because they can’t.

She could have explained that she didn’t take family leave after Trig was born because she decided not to — but that so many women can’t take the three months of unpaid leave allowed in federal law after childbirth because the can’t afford it.

She could have explained that if one of her kids is sick, she won’t get fired from her job for leaving early to check on the child. But many women would if they have jobs that don’t allow family sick days at all.

She could have asserted the need for quality early intervention for children with special needs because so much research indicates it really helps these children live a quality life. Some states do a much better job than others in this regard, so the services a special needs child gets is often a function of where he or she lives and how pushy his or her parents are.

She could have pushed for paid family leave, mandatory sick days for workers, flexible hours for workers, support for early intervention programs.

She could have done so much. But she didn’t. When women get these national platforms they need to fight for all of us. Perhaps she doesn’t believe in these things. Perhaps they aren’t a priority. Certainly, I realize she had to fit into John McCain’s agenda.

But it is such a missed opportunity.

Sarah, if you want an example of what you could have said, read this blog written by Michelle Obama. It’s spot on.

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6 Responses to “Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities”

  1. […] Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say. But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t. She could have used it as a platform to explain that she’s lucky. She can bring her baby to work to nurse but many women don’t have that right. She can juggle work and family because she has support from her husband and money to pay for help, but so many women are struggling because they can’t. She could have explained that she didn’t take family leave after Trig was born because she decided not to — but that so many women can’t take the three months of unpaid leave allowed in federal law after childbirth because the can’t afford it. She could have explained that if one of her […] […]

  2. […] Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say. But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t […]

  3. […] Sarah Palin’s missed opportunities I’m not a Sarah Palin fan for many reasons, including the fact that I think she lacks the experience to run for vice president and the fact that she can’t seem to answer a single question without her flaks telling her what to say. But what really annoys me about her is she missed a great opportunity to make headway for women. She’s a working mom with five kids, including a child with a special need. She could have used the platform she has to support issues important to women — but she didn’t […]

  4. Gov. Palin has used many of the points you brought up in her speeches. In point of fact, she – standing alongside members of NOW who “jumped ship” to support her – in Henderson, NV covered most of those points.

    The media preferred to air stories abut her wardrobe.

    Here’s a poor quality link, but the best available on short notice: http://hillary.meilleur.choix.qu-obama.over-blog.com/article-24005291.html

    You don’t like Palin as a candidate and that’s fine. I’m just trying to provide a bit of truth though, truth that the MSM doesn’t seem to want to publish.

  5. Well said Gina!

  6. bloggingmom67 Says:

    Jonolan,

    If Palin has said these things, she has whispered them. First, she won’t agree to any interviews. Then she does one with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric. Then she complains that Couric asked too many hard questions, such as “what newspapers and magazines do you read?” Please.

    Palin had ample opportunity to make women and family issues a priority, and she failed at that. If she mentioned them at some small venue, so what. She didn’t mention them during her one vice presidential debate — or during her acceptance speech.

    I don’t buy the argument that the press is to blame. She’s the one who is afraid to do interviews. She keeps referring to the media as the “gotcha media.” If you can’t take the heat, get the heck out of the kitchen, Palin.

    Happy voting!

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