Sarah Palin calls herself a “hockey mom” and “as pro-life as any candidate can be”—but not, as far as we know, a feminist. And why would she? Feminist has long been a dirty word for conservatives, and so it’s not their label for her, even though it describes Sarah Palin to a T in so many ways: the working mother/ crusader/ political activist. Margaret Thatcher didn’t use the “f” word either.
So what does it mean to be a conservative feminist, Sarah Palin-style?
It means doing it all—on steroids. Lois Romano of the Washington Post tells us today that when Palin got to the Alaska governor’s mansion, she fired the chef so she could do her own cooking. She has five kids spanning 18 years but has had no full-time babysitter. She went back to work as governor when baby Trig was 3 days old. She commutes every day from Anchorage to Wassila, which looks to be about 90 miles round trip. She nurses Trig during meetings. She shuttles from Blackberry to breast pump in the middle of the night. She flew to Texas when she was eight months pregnant, gave a big keynote speech, felt her amniotic fluid leaking, and then flew back home to have the baby—without getting her doctor’s permission first.
Read the full report here.
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