President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, won't be going to work in the White House next month.
It's not because she hasn't been offered a job, but because she has four kids. "My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside," she said at the Women Rule Summit in Washington on Wednesday. When men ask her why she's not joining Trump in the West Wing, she said, she tells them: "The question isn't, 'Would you take the job?' . . . but 'Would you want your wife to?' And you really see their entire visage change. It's like, oh, no, they wouldn't want their wife to take that job."
I had a baby while working at the White House, where I served for three years as special assistant to and spokesperson for President Barack Obama and as deputy White House press secretary. Jobs at the White House are demanding and often all-consuming whether you have children or not. But I know from my own experience that it's possible to make these jobs more family-friendly than they've been in past administrations. The White House should and can be a place where working parents belong.