Sarah Palin's Parenting Choices Under Fire

"You should be a good mother and honor your God-given purpose as a woman at the same time," she told ABCNews.com. "This could potentially enrich these children's lives in ways. What do they want us to do, go back to the kitchen? What about corporate leaders?"

Plight of Working Mothers

In a 2005 ABC News poll, three-quarters of all Americans -- and 72 percent of all working mothers -- agreed with the statement, "It may be necessary for mothers to be working because the family needs money, but it would be better if she could stay home and take care of the house and children."

Rick Schatz, CEO of the National Coalition for Protection of Children and Families, said most Christians hold that value dear and had this caveat for Palin: "There is no replacement for a mother, and even with significant support, she will still need to take the lead responsibility with those children."

Still, others were outraged that any woman would be called to task for choosing to work -- no matter how big the job. And where are the fathers in this debate?

"The question of whether or not [Palin] is a proper choice for vice president due to her being a mother makes me ill," said Tracey Becker, an Illinois mother of three and contributor to the Chicago Moms Blog.

Public Discussion Offensive

"Is it really so much harder to be a mother than to be a father?" asked Becker. "Is it really such a stretch to imagine a husband being able to take on the more emotional and traditionally feminine side of the parenting team?"

"Surely, the children will suffer if their mother is a vice president," she said. "Just as if the tables were turned and it was their father."

For many feminists the very public discussion of Palin's leadership was offensive.

"Why should a woman's ability to hold a high-power job and raise a family be an issue?" asked Sarah Caron, a Newtown, Conn., mother and editor of a food blog. "It's shocking that in 2008 women are still fielding questions about their priorities when it comes to holding positions of power."

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