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18 11, 2011

“Princess” Nancy Pelosi Should Be King

By | November 18th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women. With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having [...]

7 11, 2011

Mississippi “Personhood” Amendment Isn’t About Saving Babies

By | November 7th, 2011|Feminism, Republicans|3 Comments

How would you feel if your doctor declared, "No more birth control for you!"  Or what if your life was at risk because you had an ectopic pregnancy and doctors wouldn't operate on you for fear of being charged with murder? Openly talking about and seeking treatment for our reproductive health with our [...]

2 11, 2011

Who Runs the World?

By | November 2nd, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism|1 Comment

Who runs the world? Exactly who you thought. Just don't make me learn this dance to take part!

31 10, 2011

Herman Cain: Do Claims of Sexual Harassment Matter?

By | October 31st, 2011|Feminism, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

To the extent that you've been paying attention to the 2012 presidential campaign, you've probably heard of Herman Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza guy who has this 9-9-9 plan for taxes and fixing the economy. No one, probably least of all Cain, thought he would gain the kind of traction he currently has as the [...]

21 10, 2011

Miss Representation: A Must See Movie

By | October 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  “You can’t be what you can’t see.” That’s how the award-winning film Miss Representation begins, a movie that takes a critical look at negative portrayals of women in the media and how that undermines the ability of today’s generation of girls to see themselves as future leaders. As the mother of a daughter, I’ve [...]

26 08, 2011

Don’t Know What to Tell My Daughters on Women’s Equality Day

By | August 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I sometimes use my experiences as PunditGirl's mother as a lens through which to view issues that are important to me.  But PunditGirl isn't the only daughter in my life.  I also have two adult step-daughters.  They don't need me much at this stage of the game -- they're women with their own professional [...]

14 08, 2011

Women + Social Media = Political Empowerment

By | August 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|0 Comments

The theme running through my new book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, is empowerment.  It's tough to get any traction for the voices of anyone other than guys when guys are the ones running the media and political shows in America.  But the brave new world of [...]

11 08, 2011

My Book Mothers of Intention is Here!

By | August 11th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

You've probably noticed that nice promo box I've got sitting at the top right section of this site mentioning that my book Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America is for sale!  Yes!!  Finally, after two years of work, my book is really for sale!  But while I was [...]

10 08, 2011

Michele Bachmann and Newsweek

By | August 10th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

Many political observers thought that when Hillary Clinton gave us those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, that finally, FINALLY, women were going to be taken seriously as leaders.  Unfortunately, those in the media who are more concerned with selling ads in magazines, as well as perpetuating the myth that the little ladies just [...]

28 07, 2011

Michele Bachmann and Me

By | July 28th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Michele Bachmann and I had lunch together.  It's true!  She even had these lovely Tea Party cookies! OK, there were about 200 other people in the room, too. But we were both eating in the same place at the same time! Bachmann was at the National Press Club and, as a member, I was lucky [...]

10 07, 2011

Betty Ford: Stealth Feminist and Role Model

By | July 10th, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|6 Comments

If someone were to ask you for your list of top political feminists, former First Lady Betty Ford would probably not be on that hit parade. But she should be. Betty Ford passed away last week at the age of 93, a woman best known for being the wife of President Gerald Ford who was [...]

21 06, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Women to Shut Up and Go Home — Again

By | June 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

The Supreme Court has told one and a half million women who work at Wal-mart, in essence, be grateful you have jobs even if you make less money and get promoted less than men.  Now, shut up and go home. That was the practical upshot of the ruling in the highly-watched case Dukes v. Wal-mart. [...]

15 06, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Upping the Political Motherhood Ante

By | June 15th, 2011|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

If you thought Michele Bachmann was a conservative mom political superstar before the GOP debate on CNN, then you're probably standing in line to get her autograph this week, as well as her special beauty secrets of how she still looks so young and fresh after 28 kids. I certainly don't look that put together [...]

13 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner Aside, Things Would Be Different if Women Ran the World

By | June 13th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

To suggest that women might make better politicians and make better decisions overall always brings out the heated arguments, but it's a fair one to consider especially in light of the pretty bad decisions -- both personal and political -- our mostly male-run world has made over the course of, well, all time. Can it [...]

1 06, 2011

As Bachmann & Palin Shift Into Overdrive, Can We Steer Clear of “Catfight?”

By | June 1st, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

With the rollout of Sarah Palin’s East Coast bus tour extravaganza and Michele Bachmann’s near-announcement on Good Morning America that she’ll announce her presidential candidacy in Iowa in June, analysts are wondering, “Will they or won’t they?”  Is there enough political bandwidth for two dynamic Republican women on the road to the White House or [...]

27 05, 2011

Mothers of Intention Has Arrived!!

By | May 27th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Sorry things have been so quiet here -- I've been working my tail off to get ready for the launch (TA-DA!) of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America!! I saw the actual book this week when I had my first signing at Book Expo America, thanks to the [...]

12 05, 2011

What I’m Reading Today …

By | May 12th, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

Got a few minutes to read?  Here are some links that are more than worth your while today: Don't give up your day job, says Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz.  She knows what's she's talking about on this one when you're a career gal who just happens to be married to a politician. Speaking [...]

8 05, 2011

Five Things This Feminist Mom is Grateful for on Mother’s Day — A Reprise

By | May 8th, 2011|Adoption, Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

This one was one of my favorites from last year.  So I figured -- if it was good enough for Mother's Day 2010, it should still be good for 2011! Sure, I get to leave the dishes in the sink and the dirty laundry in the hamper today. And it's great that "some people" (you [...]

5 05, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Raped Cheerleader to Go Home

By | May 5th, 2011|Feminism|6 Comments

The Supreme Court of the United States just told a sexually assaulted high school girl to shut up and go home. They didn't say it in those words exactly, but that was the effect of the high court's decision not to hear an appeal by a Texas teen who was kicked off her cheerleading squad [...]

28 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Why Perfectionist Parenting is Anything But Perfect

By | April 28th, 2011|Equal Pay, Feminism, Mothers of Intention|4 Comments

Welcome the latest installment Mothers of Intention!  Pleas welcome Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, the authors of the new book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.  While I haven't had a chance to dig into this book yet, I'm looking forward to it because I've been [...]

26 04, 2011

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: To the New York Times, a Mom Before All Else

By | April 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|8 Comments

As the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, I know there's a powerful connection between one's motherhood experiences and political inspiration.  Having said that, there's a big difference between parenting experiences as a political motivator and being a woman politician who is defined by the media [...]

21 04, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Silly Balloon Head or Serious as a Heart Attack?

By | April 21st, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

I don't like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann as potential 2012 presidential candidates.  No big surprise there.  But I like Charles Krauthammer as a pundit even less, especially when he takes the easy way out on an argument.  So when he jumps on the Karl Rove bandwagon of bad-mouthing women candidates because they're not "serious" [...]

14 04, 2011

I Want Kirsten Gillibrand on That Women's Health Wall

By | April 14th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Republicans in Washington have made no secret of the fact that they got pretty much everything they wanted in the current federal budget deal, with one exception -- the complete unfunding of Planned Parenthood.  The majority of the GOP came about as close as you can to shutting down the entire federal government over one [...]

6 04, 2011

Five Reasons Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Rock the DNC

By | April 6th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Guys have been running the Democratic National Committee for the past two and a half decades.  The last time a woman was in charge of the nationwide Democratic show, we hadn't yet heard Bill Clinton deny that he'd had a relationship with "that woman." Takes you back, doesn't it? That's all about to change as [...]

30 03, 2011

Can the Women of the Supreme Court Help the Women of Wal-Mart?

By | March 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That's the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case who have alleged they've been victims of institutional efforts by Wal-mart to promote men over [...]

28 03, 2011

Teaching All Our Daughters About Geraldine Ferraro

By | March 28th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

As many news outlets reported on the death of Geraldine Ferraro -- the first woman ever to be placed as a vice-presidential candidate on a major national ticket, the voices of politically conservative women were conspicuous by their absence. Sarah Palin, to her credit, did send condolences via her Facebook page (not the most personal [...]

14 03, 2011

The New York Times Needs to Go Back to J-School

By | March 14th, 2011|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

The blogosphere and the world of journalism are on fire about a New York Times article that reported the brutal gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. The controversy isn't about what happened, but rather information the reporter chose to include in the piece that, in essence, suggested that the elementary school girl who was the [...]

8 03, 2011

One Day for Women? I'd Say We Need All 365

By | March 8th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|1 Comment

007 gets schooled by "M" on International Women's Day. What do you say -- Judi Dench in 2012? And I think Daniel Craig might look better as a redhead.

3 03, 2011

Women are the Real Losers in Wisconsin's Labor Fight

By | March 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|6 Comments

I don't want to see a conspiracy where there isn't one, but as some politicians push to cut reproductive and economic rights for women, it's hard not to view other efforts that would disproportionately impact women through that same lens of attack. So when labor statistics suggest that moves to weaken unions at the state [...]

2 03, 2011

White House Report Says Women More Likely to Have a College Education, but Still Earn Less

By | March 2nd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

The White House chose Women's History Month to release a new report on the status of American women called "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." The good news is that it's the first comprehensive report in about 50 years that presents an overall picture of how women are faring in a variety [...]