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10 11, 2016

White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

By | November 10th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

Not all white women are clueless.  But Trump's victory proves that the majority of us are.  I've never understood the election statistic that most married white women vote Republican. Even if they were Democrats before their wedding day, there's apparently something about putting on that ring that turns their blue hearts to red. Yes, I'm [...]

12 10, 2016

Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Economy, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a well-documented penchant for rarely answering direct questions. If journalists try to pin him down, they get mocked or have their press credentials revoked. They also get physically removed from public events. And, if they don’t have all the facts at their fingertips to challenge him on his evasion tactics, Trump gaslights [...]

12 10, 2016

Huma Abedin leaving Weiner: Private decision, not a public discussion

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics|Comments Off on Huma Abedin leaving Weiner: Private decision, not a public discussion

It’s time to be done with second-guessing personal decisions of those who have been wronged. That, of course, is almost impossible to do in today’s instant social media world where everyone feels they have a right to weigh in on anything and everything. If you watched the recent documentary "Weiner," you probably were not surprised [...]

26 08, 2016

Why I’m Not Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

By | August 26th, 2016|2016 election, Equal Pay, Feminism, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Why I’m Not Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Women make up only about 20 percent of Congress and only 12 percent of our governors. Women publish less than 25 percent of op-eds in major newspapers and make up less than half of law firm and accounting firm partners. Women might make up over 50 percent of the work force these days, but that [...]

28 07, 2016

The Problem with Hillary Hate

By | July 28th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Hillary Clinton|Comments Off on The Problem with Hillary Hate

The vitriol Hillary Clinton suffers on a personal level carries broader ramifications for women in politics. [divider] Republicans want to throw Hillary Clinton in jail or put her in front of a firing squad. Democrats who spoke positively about Clinton were booed during the first night of their convention. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters stomped [...]

8 06, 2016

Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

By | June 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

The historic nature of Clinton officially becoming the Democratic presidential nominee (barring something unforeseen) isn’t just about Hillary or my own dream of someone like her. Reports abound on social media that parents allowed their children to stay up past their bedtimes on a school night – as so many of us did in 1969 [...]

31 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s So-Called Likability Problem Is Our Issue, Not Hers

By | May 31st, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton’s So-Called Likability Problem Is Our Issue, Not Hers

  Of all the things I’ve learned researching what women voters really think about Hillary Clinton, and whether they love her or love her not as the possible first woman president of the United States, not once has anyone ever said, “You know, I’d really like her lot and she’d have my support, if only [...]

9 04, 2016

Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | April 9th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been in the national spotlight since 1992, and has had more than her share of notoriety since her college days as the first woman commencement speaker at Wellesley College. So while I wasn’t sure exactly how the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox would feel about HRC, as [...]

8 04, 2016

Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

By | April 8th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

A Bernie Sanders spokesperson recently played a desperate and sexist political card against Hillary Clinton. It wasn't a new one, but Sanders' representative surely knew that to call the former secretary of state and U.S. senator the "A" word would, for some voters, bring into question her fitness for the White House without actually having [...]

8 03, 2016

Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

By | March 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

Hillary Clinton spent tons of time campaigning for many mid-term candidates in 2014 -- did 18 states signal her affection for the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling? And no doubt she heard a variety of campaign songs chosen by those candidates to inspire the crowds that turned out at rallies. So now that [...]

20 02, 2016

6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

By | February 20th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on 6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

Two years ago, I wrote the first "6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You To Forget" post. Surprisingly, it has been a a very popular post. And I had to wonder why? There are things every political candidate would prefer voters not focus on as they run for office, and it seems like these are very [...]

25 01, 2016

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

By | January 25th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

Couldn't get to the Washington, D.C.-area book tour stop for Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox? No worries!  C-SPAN Book TV was there and taped the event! The show aired over the weekend of Blizzard 2016/Snowmageddon/SnowZilla or whatever you called it! But you can watch it here, too!

8 01, 2016

If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

By | January 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on If Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have to Be Likable, Why Does Hillary Clinton?

When people describe German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plenty of phrases come to mind that have nothing to do with her personality. She's been a player on the global political stage for decades and Chancellor of Germany for ten years. Adjectives to describe her range from "prudent, pragmatic, and down to earth," to "resolutely dull." Merkel, [...]

16 12, 2015

Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

By | December 16th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

Some say Hillary Clinton was too "hawkish" in 2008. Some say she is too warm and fuzzy for 2016. What's a girl got to do to convince voters she's ready for the White House? [divider] Hillary Rodham Clinton learned during her first presidential run that, at least until we elect the first female president, there [...]

24 11, 2015

I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect

By | November 24th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect

  [divider] Today, an appetizer from my essay, "I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect," that was excerpted at US News & World Report: I confess that in 2008 I didn’t think we were a country that was ready for a woman president. Oh, how I wanted us to be! The 1970s feminist in [...]

3 11, 2015

Is Our Love/Hate Relationship With Hillary Clinton Here to Stay?

By | November 3rd, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Is Our Love/Hate Relationship With Hillary Clinton Here to Stay?

How have we become so conflicted over one woman with the kind of goals and ambitions that most of us would encourage in our own mothers or daughters? To paraphrase Yoda, the force is strong in those who are both for and against Hillary. [divider] Our country has a very complicated relationship with Hillary Clinton. Some [...]

21 10, 2015

Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

By | October 21st, 2015|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

"I cannot and I will not give up my family time." That's what Paul Ryan declared when asked to be the new Speaker of the House. Kind of ironic coming from a guy so opposed to paid family leave for the rest of America. [divider] If you've been trying to stay away from news because [...]

12 10, 2015

Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | October 12th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Being a wonky political follower, I thought I had a sense about where certain writers would come out on Hillary. But the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox surprised me in a lot of ways. [divider] The first Democratic presidential debate for the 2016 election is almost upon us and cable [...]

7 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

By | October 7th, 2015|2016 election, Feminism, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton’s Inner “Val the Bartender” is Her Key to the White House

“ 'Everyone who wills can hear their inner voice. It is within everyone,' ” said Mahatma Gandhi. That might just be Hillary Clinton's key to winning the White House. [divider] "Val the Bartender" is a wise, wise woman. She's so savvy, in fact, that she should be Hillary Clinton's new confidante who whispers in her [...]

30 08, 2015

Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

By | August 30th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

Likability wasn’t just a side issue in this research; a whopping 90 percent of women who participated in a 2012 polling said that they had to like a female candidate before they could support her. [divider] Could an unlikable Donald Trump trump a likable Hillary Rodham Clinton for the White House? Hear me out when [...]

30 01, 2013

My Six Favorite Hillary Clinton Moments

By | January 30th, 2013|2012 election, 2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|7 Comments

  Hillary Clinton is now a retired woman. She has officially stepped down from her post as Secretary of State. She's no longer a U.S. Senator or First Lady. She's not waging a presidential campaign -- yet. And those pesky Benghazi hearings are over! What are we political women going to do without [...]

24 01, 2013

Over the Top Hillary-Bashing

By | January 24th, 2013|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Like I alluded to yesterday, some things will never change for Hillary Clinton ... Image via The Newseum

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 05, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day, President “Mom!”

By | May 13th, 2012|2016 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

  The first woman elected to the White House will answer to many names -- Madam President, ma'am, and, most likely, Mom. That's something I like to think about on Mother's Day. Given the demographics and family status of many of the women in politics today, there's a pretty good chance that the first female [...]

10 04, 2012

Rick Santorum Ends 2012 Campaign. When Will His Bid for 2016 Begin?

By | April 10th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election|2 Comments

Political observers knew it was just a matter of time until Rick Santorum dropped out of the 2012 presidential race. The numbers game was against him -- at the moment Mitt Romney has almost three times as many convention delegates as Santorum. Even though the former Senator from Pennsylvania had a bigger fan club, Romney [...]