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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 [...]

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 [...]

23 01, 2013

Benghazi Hearings: Now With a Dose of Sexism!

By | January 23rd, 2013|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Women in Politics|8 Comments

  I don't know why I'm still surprised by the sexism that continues to exist at media outlets today, especially when it comes to anything Hillary Clinton does or says. Even with analysts and talking heads proclaiming that she is the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and that she is more [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

19 06, 2012

Stay-at-Home Moms Caused the War on Women?

By | June 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

  Excuse me, moms. Have you ever stepped off your work or career path to be a full-time stay-at-home parent? If so then you, like me, are to blame for the impending demise of feminism. At least that's what one so-called social critic is trying to get everyone to believe. Just when you [...]

6 06, 2012

Progressive Women Rock

By | June 6th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics|1 Comment

Women are going to be the key to which candidate -- President Obama vs Mitt Romney -- will win the White House in November. That's what we're talking about on our Netroots Nation panel on Thursday -- how to engage that crucial voting bloc with online tools. The panel with Viva la Feminista Veronica Arreola, [...]

31 05, 2012

Paid Maternity Leave: This Says it All

By | May 31st, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Think Progress and its chart says it better than words: But you know what the right will say. Only socialists go in for paying women for time off care for newborns. I wonder if Redneck Mom has an extra room at her place? I know it gets cold in Canada, but I've gotta love any [...]

28 05, 2012

Women in Politics: The Hard Truth

By | May 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

I came across this great graphic about women in politics I wanted to share -- not great in the fact that so few women think about running for office, but great because this sums up pretty clearly that women are still on the short end of real political influence in America. As for the question [...]

16 04, 2012

Democratic Women Don’t Hate Moms & Valuing Women’s Work

By | April 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|5 Comments

It was a super big week for me last week thank to Hilary Rosen and her one crazy comment about Ann Romney and motherhood. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I was lucky enough to chat with the [...]

13 04, 2012

Apparently I’m a Socialist: More on Ann Romney & Mommy Wars 2012

By | April 13th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Well, I knew this whole Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life" showdown with Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen would re-ignite the ever-percolating "mommy wars" (Devra, make it stop), but it's taken on a gargantuan life of its own. I hope for the sake of our country we can move on to [...]

28 03, 2012

The Race Card & Trayvon Martin: Can We Even Start to Explain it to Our Kids?

By | March 28th, 2012|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

  I'm certainly not the first to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and the question of how to talk about his killing, as well as the issue of race, with our kids. But as a white mother of an Asian daughter, I’m still struggling with exactly how to explain to her [...]

16 03, 2012

Political Ambition and Women

By | March 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

As part of my ongoing duties over at iVillage iVote during the 2012 election, I get to be part of some amazing video conversations, like this one with iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and author/activist Gloria Feldt.  We had a great time dishing about why there aren't more women running for political office.  Lots of [...]

13 03, 2012

Leadership Through Women’s Compassion

By | March 13th, 2012|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|6 Comments

When it comes to Hillary Clinton most people have very strong feelings. Few people are lukewarm in their thinking about the former First Lady/U.S. Senator/presidential candidate/Secretary of State.  You either love her for all she's accomplished or hate her for how she's handled her marriage.  People love her for the boldness she exhibited in her [...]

6 03, 2012

Super Tuesday Plans? Hang Out With Me at iVillage iVote!

By | March 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

    All the political wonkiness is swirling around for Super Tuesday!  What's going to happen?  What will the results mean?  Who's in and who's out?  Third-party candidate here we come? If you're like me, you'll need someone to talk about all this with.  The solution?  Join me over at iVillage iVote!  I'm [...]

1 03, 2012

Democrats to Court Suburban Moms. Will the GOP Come Calling, Too?

By | March 1st, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

Women decide elections. That's a fact that's been proven by a variety of studies.  Yet, political parties and candidates often don't want to engage with women in any meaningful way.  And when it comes to women voters who happen to be moms, well, it's just been easier for so-called political masterminds to put [...]

29 02, 2012

No Birth Control for You?

By | February 29th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|4 Comments

I feel like I'm living in the time of Hester Prynne and her Scarlet Letter in light of the ongoing and escalating attacks on women's health, especially when it comes to anything concerning our 'lady parts.'  Some women on the right say birth control has nothing to do with our health.  I say, "What?"  Recently, [...]

22 02, 2012

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to be President

By | February 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

  Rick Santorum has found his footing as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  He's gaining attention by the day, which is borne out by recent polls that put him in a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney, the GOP pick who was supposed to be the inevitable challenger to President Barack Obama.  [...]

16 02, 2012

Dear Congress, We’re Not Stupid

By | February 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|4 Comments

  White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy with a yamulke, black guy. I don't have an image I can show, but that's how I would describe the witnesses invited to Capitol Hill by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa (also a white guy) to talk about -- prescription birth control!  Well,  Issa claims his oversight [...]

15 02, 2012

Teaching Tolerance with the Help of JCPenney and Ellen DeGeneres

By | February 15th, 2012|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women Online|0 Comments

When I hear about efforts like those of a group called “One Million Moms” trying to take down a business and a celebrity because they want to “protect” their children from “non-traditional” families, the first thing I think is, “Isn’t life hard enough without hating families that don’t look like yours?” One Million [...]

6 02, 2012

Komen Foundation Underestimated the Power of Social Media Women

By | February 6th, 2012|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women Online|4 Comments

Much has been written about the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation vs. Planned Parenthood vs. breast cancer screening PR disaster.  Was the decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood a political one in the fight against abortion?  Was Komen just trying to protect its brand and the money of so many women who [...]

9 01, 2012

Dear Anderson Cooper, I’m Not Lazy. I’m Just Efficient

By | January 9th, 2012|Making Our Political Voices Heard|9 Comments

I'm a long time fan of Anderson Cooper's journalism on CNN. And, truth be told, I'm also fond of that tight black T-shirt of his! But I digress. As much as I enjoy some of the perspectives he presents on his CNN show, I'm stunned that this newsman-turned-daytime-host is dragging us back to [...]

3 01, 2012

Iowa 2012: Batten Down the Hatches

By | January 3rd, 2012|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  In just a few hours, the caucusing for both Republicans and Democrats will start in Iowa, officially kicking off the 2012 presidential primary season.  I have no doubt it's going to be a long and bumpy road between now and November. There's been a lot of chatter on the talking head shows [...]

26 12, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Ilina from Dirt and Noise: Involving Your Children in Your Political Passions

By | December 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to the latest installment of BlogHer's series Why I'm Political. I know lots of people steer clear of the world of politics or anything that makes you think about one more televised candidate debate! But the political means a lot of different things to different people, especially women. I learned that as I was [...]

21 12, 2011

Where Are the Women’s Voices?

By | December 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

One of the questions I've pondered and written about frequently has been, "Where are the women?"  We make up over half the population and make over 80 percent of the spending decisions in households, yet we continue to be seriously under-represented when it comes to being portrayed in the news, as well as writing and [...]

14 12, 2011

Number 60 with a Bullet?

By | December 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

Lists are always a touchy subject, especially in the blogosphere.  Who was included?  Who wasn't?  Are they really important?  Are they a fair representation of  "the best?" But it is nice when your peers get together and decide that what you've been doing is worthy of being mentioned.  So I was honored to be included [...]

7 12, 2011

President Obama: Populist for a Day?

By | December 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Most political observers agree that President Obama has gotten his populist mojo back, at least in front of the camera, just in time for the 2012 campaign.  Recent appearances have proven that the 2008 campaign Obama is out in full force again, as opposed to the 'can't we all just be bipartisan and get along' [...]