The stay-at-home-mom topic entered the 2012 election firestorm Wednesday night, when Hilary Rosen, a top Democratic strategist, told CNN “Guess what, [Romney’s] wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”

Sixty-four-year-old Romney, a mother of five and grandmother of 16, fired back on Twitter with her first-ever tweet, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”

According to, the average stay-at-home mom’s task load equates to a 95-hour work week. This breaks down to 40 hours at base pay and 54.7 hours of overtime on their “mom duties.” This is good for an annual salary of $112,940.45, or $17.80 an hour.


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