Obama Should Put a Mom on the Court

Women who want kids don't have enough powerful role models
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
Diane Wood, seen here, has three kids and three stepkids, so Beinart's hoping Obama picks her.   (AP Photo/University of Chicago, Lloyd DeGrane, File)

(Newser) – Barack Obama should put another woman on the Supreme Court, and it ought to be a woman with kids, argues Peter Beinart in the Daily Beast. Scan the halls of power, and you'll discover surprisingly few moms. Only 6 of the last 16 female Cabinet members have had kids. We're providing plenty of role models for the 20% of women who don't want kids, but not many for the other 80%.

“As anyone who has ever watched their daughter eye a Barbie Doll can attest, role models matter,” Beinart argues. “The message you're sending young women is that they can achieve professionally, or they can have a family, but they can't do both.” Yeah, it's a shame we have to consider this for women and not for men, but there's no shortage of powerful dads. Every male justice has kids—heck, Antonin Scalia has nine.

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