Most women in the United States have had the difficulty of needing both to work and to care for their kids. On Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer last night, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel explains why Americans should understand Hilary Rosen’s controversial remark—that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life”—in this context and think harder about the “horror issues” facing American women today.

—Elizabeth Whitman