In a panel led by Nevada GOP Chairman Tom Taber, conservative publisher Len Semas questioned the role of women in the workplace, according to Ralston Reports.
Semas said that he felt that women leaving the role of nurturer may have attributed to societal problems like attention deficit disorder.
“The reality is there is a special role that women take on, biologically, as the bearers of children and the nurturers of children,” Semas said Thursday morning, as quoted by Ralston. “I don’t know that we haven’t created problems in society by ignoring that important role. ADD and various learning disabilities, hyperactive kids, kids building bombs in their garage.”
Semas argued that women have left the home in the past few decades at about the same time that some of these issues started cropping up.
“There is a cultural issue. I’m of the opinion that many of – and I need to be careful how I phrase this – there are a lot of social conditions, a lot of social changes, that have occurred in the last 50 years and they parallel women leaving their home occupations as mothers and homemakers and entering the workforce,” he said. “While I don’t deny anybody’s rights to pursue their dreams regardless of their sex…”
After a few of the panelists weighed in, Taber asked the group, “Does it matter whether the mom is at home or the dad is at home?”
Most of the panelists said, “It does,” according to Ralston.
The rest of the panel was made up by Nevada GOP vice-chairman Tom Dickman, candidate for Nevada assembly Jill Dickman; Washoe GOP intern Sean Barnhill and Kelly Rush, host of a food program on Nevada local radio.