Vanessa Grigoriadis, a writer for Vanity Fair and New York magazine, wondered out loud: “I guess one of the things I don’t understand about Amy Comey [sic] Barrett is how a potential Supreme Court justice can also be a loving, present mom to seven kids? Is this like the Kardashians stuffing nannies in the closet and pretending they’ve drawn their own baths for their kids?” She went on: “And if there aren’t enough hours in the day for her to work and mother those kids, when she portrays herself as a home-centered Catholic who puts family over career, isn’t she telling a lie?”
For decades, the feminist left told women to seek “self-actualization” in professional careers, even at the expense of the joys of motherhood. Women bought the message and discovered they were miserable. In the last 20 years, as work opportunities have become flexible, however, many women have found ways to combine these two seemingly separate realms and make it work.
No, it isn’t easy. It takes discipline and time-management. But women like Barrett should be applauded — not scolded — for striking the balance. Yet the left presumes that adoption, and a household bursting with happy children, must be antithetical to success or good parenting.