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18 01, 2013

Let’s Be Honest About Assault Weapons

By | January 18th, 2013|Changing the World, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

When I tried to explain to my seventh-grade daughter the details of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, I quickly realized by the semi-engaged look on her face that she knew a tragedy had occurred, but that she didn't have any context for processing the information. I told her that children were shot and killed [...]

15 01, 2013

What You Should Know About Abortion on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

By | January 15th, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Health, Law, Politics|0 Comments

In just a few days, we will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that ruled that our Constitutional right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion. Whether you agree with the still controversial ruling, or opinion [...]

11 01, 2013

America, You Have an Anger Problem

By | January 11th, 2013|Changing the World, Politics, Women Online|5 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with representatives of the National Rifle Association as part of the discussion the White House is trying to have after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. While he was meeting with the group whose head believes that we need more "good guys" with guns to combat the "bad guys," another [...]

10 01, 2013

The Great Hillary Clinton Bash of 2013

By | January 10th, 2013|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

  Oh, neo-cons. What are you going to do in a few weeks when Hillary Clinton retires? For the past 20+ years, you have made Hillary-bashing an Olympic sport. No matter what Hillary does. No matter where she goes. No matter what her title or job description at any given moment, even when Hillary Clinton [...]

9 01, 2013

“Whose Child Has to Die Next?”: Gun Control in America

By | January 9th, 2013|Changing the World, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Politics|1 Comment

Roxanna Green's daughter, Christina, died in the shooting rampage that wounded Congresswoman Gabby Giffords two years ago at a town hall style event in Tucson, Arizona. While Green wrote a book about her daughter, she tried to stay out of the national gun debate. But after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, and on the second [...]

28 11, 2012

The “Morning After” Pill: Coming Soon to a Teen Near You?

By | November 28th, 2012|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters|0 Comments

The Plan B contraceptive pill should be made available to teen girls under 17. That’s the new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and I agree wholeheartedly.   As far as I’m concerned, Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning after” pill, is one of the best pregnancy prevention inventions for women ever. We live [...]

26 11, 2012

You Say “Fiscal Cliff.” I Say There’s No Such Thing

By | November 26th, 2012|Economy, Politics|0 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! Watch out! There is a "fiscal cliff!" We're headed straight for it! It will be the ruin of all America! Just as soon as the 2012 presidential election was over, media outlets had a huge vacuum to fill and nothing to fill it with, at least that's what I have to assume since [...]

25 11, 2012

Adoption Through Craigslist: It’s Not Really So Sensational

By | November 25th, 2012|Adoption|1 Comment

As a mother by adoption, nothing gets my ire up more than sensational and judgmental stories about families formed by adoption. When it comes to having children, our society — mostly goaded on by many in the media — often criticize or question families who decide not to use assisted reproductive technology, suggesting that we [...]

16 11, 2012

Women in Politics Radio: Can Women in Social Media Really Make Change?

By | November 16th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

If you didn't have a chance to join in, I wanted to share the link to my discussion with Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen Executive Director/Founder & Executive Producer of Women in Politics Media. I know you might be tired of all the 2012 hoopla, but we took the opportunity to discuss not the outcome of the race, [...]

14 11, 2012

Nancy Pelosi Smack Down!

By | November 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Women in Politics|5 Comments

A good photo opp is worth a thousand words.  And that's what we got as Nancy Pelosi announced she will stay in her leadership role in the Democratic Party, after speculation that she might step aside once President Obama was re-elected.  As she put those rumors to rest, Pelosi surrounded herself with elected women in [...]

6 11, 2012

Election Pins and Needles: What’s Been Keeping You Awake?

By | November 6th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|2 Comments

I'm too distracted to write anything coherent or pithy, but so many thoughts are running around in my head about the outcome of today's election, so I thought I'd share: 1. My parents live in Pennsylvania -- one of  the states that tried to ram through mandatory photo ID laws for voting. A judge put [...]

5 11, 2012

High Anxiety on the Election Front

By | November 5th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Predictions are always a dangerous thing, especially in an election that has been as contentious as the one between President Obama and Mitt Romney. While there is a feeling in the air that we are in a "perfect storm" set-up for a long election night as a result of self-appointed vigilante-like poll watchers, insufficient early [...]

31 10, 2012

Political Mothers: The Key to Winning the White House

By | October 31st, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I've gotten used to being scoffed at when it comes to my political bona fides. Because the word "mom" is in the name of my site, I'm often dismissed as someone who isn't focused on current events, our political climate or electoral events.  I'm a mother, so I must only be interested in what [...]

30 10, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Which Presidential Candidate Will She Help?

By | October 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Hurricane Sandy could not have had better timing for a country that has just about reached its limit on campaign fatigue. Not that I'm glad that the Frankenstorm with the friendly-sounding name has wreaked havoc on the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. I wish there was something more than writing a check to the Red Cross [...]

29 10, 2012

Can Romney Be President if He’s Afraid of Pop Culture?

By | October 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Ever since Bill Clinton famously donned some cool shades and riffed on his saxophone during his presidential campaign, the power of candidates using non-traditional campaign outlets has been clear. Want to woo young voters? Slow jam with Jimmy Fallon. Want to win suburban women? Hang out with the ladies of The View or have the [...]

29 10, 2012

Ten Ways to Win Women’s Votes

By | October 29th, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Ten ways to win women's votes? Thanks, Ellen Bravo!

26 10, 2012

Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America

By | October 26th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|0 Comments

Women are the ones candidates want. More precisely, mothers are the swing voters that presidential candidates try to woo every four years. Political wonks always come up with a clever new name for us each election cycle -- we've been soccer moms, security moms, minivan moms, and Wal-mart moms. For 2012, the favored monikers have [...]

25 10, 2012

Do Your Ovaries Do the Talking at Election Time?

By | October 25th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

First it was magic uteruses having an impact on election 2012. Now, according to a new study, it looks like candidates and pollsters who want to know more about the all-important woman's vote should have a chat with our ovaries. Any research that puts my hormones ahead of my brain demands serious skepticism. But the [...]

24 10, 2012

Dating Violence: Apparently It’s Not Too Early to Have That Talk

By | October 24th, 2012|Feminism, Mothers and Daughters|4 Comments

Did anyone have a dating "talk" with you when you were a kid? I don't mean "THE" talk; I mean a chat about things like how you should expect to be treated on a date -- what is and isn't OK for a person to say to you or do to you that have nothing [...]

19 10, 2012

Your Voice, Your Vote: “Binders Full of Women” Will Make the Difference on Election Day

By | October 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

"Binders full of women" have been the hot political topic of the week! Some observers have lamented that there are many more important things to be talking about --like job reports, unemployment, Libya. But when it comes to winning elections, nothing is more important than convincing the largest voting group that you are the man [...]

18 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: The Pinterest Page

By | October 18th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

"Binders full of women." That's what Mitt Romney says he asked for (though now we know that's not really true) when he shockingly, all of a sudden in 2003 had an epiphany that, GOSH! There are actually women who want to work outside the home and are qualified to be in high level leadership positions! [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: More Than a Meme

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|4 Comments

The blogosphere loves a good meme. Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State many of us want to run for [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: Romney and His Feminist Awakening

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

I wasn't surprised that President Obama was ready to take on Mitt Romney in the second of their three presidential debates. And I wasn't surprised at the variety of topics -- Libya, student loans, oil and coal, birth control and more. But sometimes Mitt Romney just can't help himself when it comes to channeling his [...]

16 10, 2012

Debate Number Two: 15 Reasons It’s More Than the Economy, Stupid

By | October 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

As we count down the hours to presidential debate number two, we know that the town hall style questions have been pre-approved and pre-scripted by the respective campaigns.  Odds are, we're not going to learn much new about either candidate in this debate and the winner will, again, be decided on style points rather than [...]

4 10, 2012

Romney Thinks Big Bird is a Moocher

By | October 4th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|4 Comments

Mitt Romney threw Big Bird under the bus in the first presidential debate, as he vowed to cut funds from PBS and the big yellow guy in favor of other federal programs. While some uber-conservatives might like the sound of that as a way of fiscal prioritizing, Romney is hoping that we voters [...]

2 10, 2012

Presidential Debates: Here They Come!

By | October 2nd, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

It's presidential debate time! The moments we've all been waiting for in the 2012 campaign! OK, so maybe you haven't been on the edge of your seat about the stand-at-the-podium, semi-scripted events that are a presidential campaign rite of passage.  So much of the lead-up coverage for the first debate is about what zingers we're [...]

28 09, 2012

Are You “Ladylike” Enough for Todd Akin?

By | September 28th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

  U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says his Senate opponent Claire McCaskill was much more "ladylike" last time she ran for office. A Mitt Romney supporter recently told NPR that Michelle Obama isn't a good First Lady because she's not "ladylike" enough. The last time someone told me I wasn't being ladylike, it was one of [...]

24 09, 2012

Why I Can’t be a “Sh*tty Mom”

By | September 24th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics, Women Online|21 Comments

Sh*tty moms unite! That's the new message giving mothers a good, collective laugh these days. And I confess, I have absolutely NOTHING against so-called "sh*tty moms." I have plenty of sh*tty motherhood moments that I could regale you with and I can certainly laugh about plenty of them. But when we live in world that [...]

21 09, 2012

Ann Romney’s Political Mom “Stop It!” Moment

By | September 21st, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

  "Stop it! Stop it, RIGHT NOW!" What parent hasn't had that moment of "I'm at the end of my rope" frustration with a tired or petulant child? You know you shouldn't yell.  You know you're supposed to remember all the good parenting stuff you've been taught -- talk in a calm voice, get down [...]

18 09, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

By | September 18th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann can't help Mitt Romney anymore. She tried to paint a portrait of a kinder and gentler Mitt at the Republican National Convention. Just a boy who wanted to date a girl. Just a dad devoted to his kids. Just a husband who would care for his ailing wife, even though he wouldn't offer to [...]