This year has been full of firsts: Barack Obama duked it out with Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential ticket. Now Senator John McCain has picked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate — the first woman to be on a Republican Presidential ticket.

As women are making headway in the political arena, some have their doubts about Palin being able to govern with a full plate at home. She is a mother to five — including a baby with Down syndrome and a 17-year-old daughter who is expecting her first child. As a pregnant mother of one, I'm already concerned about how I will manage work, nursing and running my household. Kudos to Mrs. Palin if she can handle the country's second highest office while maintaining her family.

If elected, perhaps her personal experiences will bring light to special needs issues, maternity leave and teenage pregnancy. At the same time, I wonder if she were a man, would anyone be discussing this?

Could you juggle your life and being Vice President?