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Sen. Hillary Clinton

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) greets members of the New York delegation on the first day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver. Getty Images hide caption

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Hi, Everyone. It's Cheryl Corley, here in Washington, D.C. Tell Me More's host Michel Martin and producer Teshima Walker are on the ground in Denver covering the Democratic National Convention (DNC). They'll be blogging each day giving you a backstage pass to what's happening at the DNC.

This is Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, and everyone is waiting to hear from former presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton. She's the keynote speaker tonight and her words could make the difference for supporters still smarting over her loss to Sen. Barack Obama.

You can hear more about Clinton, and about what Obama still needs to do to win her supporters over in the TMM Beauty Shop, where three Democratic female leaders had their say on party unity.

Today, the convention theme's focus is women. It's an appropriate nod to today's 88th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, a co-chair of the convention, joined us to talk about the role of women in the party now and whether she expects there will ever be a woman heading the party's presidential ticket.

By the way, Franklin is a long-time Obama supporter.

Also on the program, the Mocha Moms weighed in on "family friendly" policies. An investigation by Working Woman Magazine took a look at which lawmakers not only talk the talk, but practice what they preach.

All for now,



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Policies that are too family friendly make it way too easy for mothers to leave the fathers of their children. This is especially true when the mother is in a relationship that is low-conflict and simply not completely satisfying.

Barring physical abuse or other extreme situations, children need BOTH parents. And companies and agencies should NOT prioritize policies that make it easier for single mothers to choose to be single mothers. Now, I'm not talking about the mothers whose mates leave without explanation, but I AM talking about mothers who choose to be single mothers. Choosing to be a single mother should be as difficult a decision as you can possibly make. And maybe if the consequences were more harsh, then less mothers would make this decision.

Mothers must take responsibility for their decision to become mothers. They should notd not expect people/companies/employers to bend over backwards to accommodate their rational decision to pursue what is admittedly the most important job on the planet.

Ladies, don't believe the hype. Something has to give. We (yes, I am a woman) CANNOT have it all.

Sent by LRJ | 4:41 PM | 8-26-2008


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