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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 07, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Miami School Visit Subversive?

By | July 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

  Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote! These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children's schools! Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a "stay in school" speech [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

30 05, 2012

Michelle Obama Tells Her Girls to “Get Tough.” Should We Tell Our Kids the Same?

By | May 30th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Tweens are steeped in the world of slights and hurt feelings. Wear the wrong head band to school, and your day could be ruined by one small comment. Someone says they hate you, but the next day they're all chummy again. And as our kids get older, and more connected online, there's the cyber-bullying to [...]

20 05, 2012

PunditMom Round-up!

By | May 20th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|3 Comments

So where was I this week when I wasn't here? Working away as 2012 Election Editor at iVillage iVote with posts about the biggest and best gaffes of the campaign season (so far!), President Obama's commencement speech at Barnard College where he told women grads they should fight for their seat at the head of [...]

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 [...]

11 05, 2012

Mother’s Day: Just Another Political Opportunity for Mitt Romney

By | May 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

    After all the hub-bub and faux hand-wringing by many Republicans and the Mitt Romney team about Romney's wife Ann supposedly being the target of political "mommy wars," the Romney campaign has apparently decided they can't let this Mother's Day go by without making some more hay. It's easy in the fast-paced [...]

9 05, 2012

I Like Hillary Clinton “au Naturale!”

By | May 9th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I'm glad the Republicans have nothing better to do than trying to make fun of Hillary Clinton's appearance -- AGAIN!! She's the Secretary of State for goodness sake and she's traveling more often than she's in Washington to try to keep the world from falling apart. If this is the GOP strategy [...]

19 04, 2012

Ann Romney Can Lose the Victim Card

By | April 19th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

We're probably almost done with the life cycle of the Ann Romney vs. Hilary Rosen episode of Mommy Wars 2012. Most major news outlets have pulled in just about as many experts as possible to parse how the presidential campaign was temporarily rocked by Rosen, a Democratic adviser, who said, in the context of Mitt [...]

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 [...]

12 04, 2012

More Political Mommy Wars? Here We Go Again!

By | April 12th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. Ouch. I'm counting the seconds until CNN commentator Hilary Rosen, who also is a DNC adviser, gets the boot from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not that I think Rosen should go, but that lone comment will be an ongoing distraction for weeks [...]

11 04, 2012

Ann Romney as GOP’s Secret Weapon: Should She be the Republican Candidate?

By | April 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

With Rick Santorum out of the presidential race, Mitt Romney can unofficially turn his attention to campaigning against President Barack Obama. But he's been having problems connecting with voters, especially women. Can Mitt turn that around? And if so, how? I had a chance to discuss that with Kelly Wallace as part of the iVillage [...]

3 04, 2012

Nikki Haley Won’t Be the GOP VP Pick

By | April 3rd, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

Who could be better as a Republican vice presidential pick than a young, attractive, up-and-coming rising star who happens to be a woman of color, a mom of young children and the governor of an important Southern state?  The GOP is sorely in need of repairing the damage it's done to itself with the "woman's [...]

19 03, 2012

Michelle Obama: Middle Class Secret Weapon for 2012

By | March 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden is being touted as the Obama re-election campaign's secret weapon to connect with the all-important middle class vote.  But the VP isn't the only one with working class roots on the Obama team -- what about the First Lady? The Romney and Santorum campaigns are relying heavily on their First Ladies [...]

9 03, 2012

Which Sarah Palin Do You Prefer?

By | March 9th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

If you're feeling a little rogue, get ready for more Mama Grizzly than you can stand because Sarah Palin is coming to multiple screens near you! As frustrated and conflicted Republicans are trying to choose a standard bearer to challenge President Obama, is it any coincidence that Palin's PAC has announced the re-release [...]

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 [...]

4 01, 2012

Michele Bachmann is Out. Or Is She?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

It was really just a matter of time until Michele Bachmann’s presidential race was over.  I had a sense that things were close when her children showed up with her on interviews right before the Iowa Caucuses.  When a candidate starts appearing with their extended family mid-campaign, it’s almost never a good sign.  [...]

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 [...]