Mommy wars and Ann Romney

Mitt and Ann Romney
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney take the stage for a Super Tuesday event at the Westin Copley Place March 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, hadn't worked "a day in her life," it set off a firestorm of controversy about women's work.

But what you haven't heard much of is a useful discussion about how income and class and stunted economic mobility are affecting the choices American women are making in and out of the workplace. Aren't most women voters concerned about equal pay, parental leave, economic opportunity and workplace policy that supports whatever choice they make?

Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of the weekly "Two Cents on Modern Motherhood" column in Modern Mom, will join The Daily Circuit Wednesday to talk about working moms.

"Men I've talked to and men responding to the comments online seem equally incensed that anyone would suggest that raising five children is not 'work,'" she said. "We've come a long way in the mommy wars if men now fully understand how very hard motherhood is."

Jessica Toft, associate professor of social work at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, will also join the discussion.

VIDEO: Leslie Morgan Steiner on Al Jazeera English

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