Em Rusciano fires back over Miranda Devine's latest dig at working mums.

Over the weekend, conservative columnist Miranda Devine offered some advice to the working mums of Australia.

Don’t let your career make you a bad mother, she titled her piece for News Corp, which laboured the point on Sunday.

Devine argued “mother” has become a “dirty word” and that there are “goals worthier than career status”.

And she hit a nerve. Media personality Em Rusciano was visibly upset by Devine’s words when she addressed the comments on her radio show this morning.

“Sometimes I feel like when someone puts out something so poisonous, so harmful, it’s my responsibility as someone on air and with the beliefs I have to be the antidote to that poison,” the 37-year-old said on the 2Day FM breakfast show.

“[Miranda Devine] basically said that women are defined by their family. Women who care about careers are selfish. She said that the pay gap isn’t real and that women prefer to selfishly work and use IVF by choice.”

Rusciano — who has two daughters, Marchella and Odette — said she was warned not take on the “very litigious and very wealthy” Devine, who has a history of fighting back against her critics. But she could not ignore the dig.

I mean…. Look at my spawn, look!

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“First of all, no one chooses IVF, Miranda. It’s really expensive, it’s invasive and painful,” Rusciano, who came to work armed with an A4 page of notes, said.

“And it’s also like she thinks the mothers of the past were better and less self-obsessed that the working mothers of today, but as a working mother of today that is complete bullsh*it.

“We literally do everything.”

LISTEN: Meshel Laurie discusses undergoing IVF on No Filter. Post continues after snippet…

Rusciano argued that the ability to multi-task was not only a financial necessity for most, but also highly commendable.

“The happy child of today is the child that has food to eat and is housed and educated. And with the prices of today it means we need double income sources, mums have to work,”

“I want my daughters to dream big and have adventures in life and it’s really important for them to have some role modelling on that front.”


But the line from Devine she found most upsetting was this one:

“[Young] women increasingly are coerced into prioritising careers and becoming feminist warriors against the so-called gender wage gap of the patriarchy, with state-subsidised childcare as the carrot.”

“I am willing to bet most mums work to a) provide for their kids and b) because they appreciate having their own lives. There is nothing wrong with mothers putting themselves first because that makes them better mothers … as if anyone’s chief motivation is being a ‘feminist warrior’,” the radio host said.

“Miranda Devine, I am not up at 4am to make a political point.”

Rusciano also questioned why fathers never seem to factor into the equation, let alone find themselves the subject of “reactionary diatribes intended to stir up needless guilt in women already pushed to the edge”.

“If you wanna come at me, mate, you come at me. Because I am not afraid of the poster lady for the men’s rights activists of Sydney.”