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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 [...]

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 [...]

1 03, 2016

“Young” Feminists, Don’t Toss Out the “Old” Ones. We’re Really on Your Side

By | March 1st, 2016|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women Online|Comments Off on “Young” Feminists, Don’t Toss Out the “Old” Ones. We’re Really on Your Side

I don't want to start another round of the current feminist wars. There are plenty of skirmishes all around depending on your age or background or point of view, the latest of which has Millennial "third wavers" upset with some rather tone deaf remarks on behalf of baby boomer Hillary Clinton by some of her [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 02, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: “Lean In” and Get Your Butt to the Office!

By | February 25th, 2013|Changing the World, Economy, Feminism, Women Online|15 Comments

Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, women in the workplace will [...]

21 02, 2013

What Happens to Global Women’s Issues Without Hillary Clinton?

By | February 21st, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Women in Politics|0 Comments

What's going to happen to America's global women's and girls initiatives without Hillary Clinton? Clinton was a champion for women and children around the world in a way no other Secretary of State before her.  She's brought money, attention and the political gravitas and power of the United States to a spectrum of issues and [...]

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

22 01, 2013

Roe v. Wade in Black and White

By | January 22nd, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Health, Politics|0 Comments

Forty years doesn't seem like all that long ago -- especially for someone like me who is over 40! But on the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade  Supreme Court decision that guaranteed that women's access to abortion could not be directly outlawed by the states -- it's a bit jarring to see [...]

21 01, 2013

Crow After Roe: What You Should Really Know on Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary

By | January 21st, 2013|Changing the World, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|1 Comment

Robin Marty and Jessica Pieklo, two of my compatriots at our group project The Broad Side, have been working long and hard on their book about what has happened to women's reproductive rights since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973 through today. On the 40th anniversary of the historic ruling that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 09, 2012

Is “Mom-in-Chief” a Good Example for Our Daughters?

By | September 13th, 2012|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

When did women get to the point where they have to declare themselves moms above all else in order to be perceived as acceptable to the public? We heard it again and again and again at the presidential nominating conventions. And if not mothers, then caretakers of some sort -- supportive friend, helpful wife. Even [...]

11 09, 2012

“Cult of Mom” Politics

By | September 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they're moms. I'm not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it's important. They did. I'm the first person to applaud women who are mothers who openly embrace their [...]

31 08, 2012

Mia Love: The Next Best Republican Hope

By | August 31st, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Don't we all love something new? Something hip and happenin'? Something that's so fresh that even just talking about it makes you say, "Is that even possible?" That's what the Republicans have in Mia Love, the mayor of the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah who is running for Congress in a newly created district [...]

28 08, 2012

Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

By | August 28th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That's good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa and the Democrats getting ready to nominate Barack Obama for a second term, I've been [...]

13 08, 2012

Paul Ryan for Vice President: Where’s the Sarah Palin Treatment?

By | August 13th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

What do new GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin have in common? They're both the parents of young, school-aged children. Ryan's children -- ages seven, eight and nine -- are in that childhood sweet spot. They're just old enough not to need attention every moment of the [...]

18 07, 2012

Six Pieces of Advice for Marissa Mayer on “Having it All”

By | July 18th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|6 Comments

Marissa Mayer, welcome to the 2012  "Having It All Olympics!" I'm sure you're feeling warmly welcomed to this corner of the world now that you've announced your Google departure and your new gig as the CEO at floundering Yahoo! And you shared more good news by letting the world know via Twitter that you're having [...]

3 07, 2012

“#Allhaving” – The New Work/Life Balance Discussion?

By | July 3rd, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Mothers and Daughters, Women Online|6 Comments

The work/life "balance conundrum is always a topic that's ripe for discussion because there will never be a day when parents in general, and mothers in particular, don't beat themselves up for the choices we all have to make.  Finding a new way to talk about that, especially after the recent Atlantic article about whether [...]

26 06, 2012

Pixar’s “Brave”: Why are We Forgetting Mulan?

By | June 26th, 2012|Feminism, Mothers and Daughters|9 Comments

Princess Merida in Disney/Pixar's new movie Brave is a strong girl. She has brains. She's headstrong. She knows her own mind. She is physically strong. She's an accomplished equestrian. She doesn't want an arranged marriage. She's smarter than the guys (except for when it comes to dealing with a magical witch). The media buzz about [...]