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Singles aren't supposed to have work/life balance

       I've often heard single people complain that there's an assumption they have no life outside of work. Now, here comes a politician to fuel the flame.

      In video obtained by CNN, Rendell was discussing Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano -- President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department -- and said she has excellent qualifications for the job since she "has no family."
      "Janet's perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it," said Rendell, whose comments were picked up by the open mike.

   Of course, Rendell tried to backpedal when he realized what happened. "What I meant is that Janet is a person who works 24/7, just like me."

    CNN's Campbell Brown caught wind of Rendell's comments and took him to task. (see video below) Brown thinks it's fascinating that Rendell highlighted Napolitano single status as her big qualification for the job. She asks, "If a man had been Obama's choice would having a family have been a issue? Brown also says, "As a woman, it's hard not to wonder if we're counted out because we have a family or we are in our child-bearing years.'' Brown also questions whether a person who is childless and single is expected to work holidays, weekends more burdensome shifts.

     Do you think that there's an assumption that if someone doesn't have a family, they have no life outside of work? Are there stereotypes that prevent working mothers from landing certain jobs or work to the advantage or disadvantage of single, childless men or women?

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