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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention “Why I’m Political” Series — Jaelithe Judy

By | November 24th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to this month's edition of the Why I'm Political series. Don't run off! I know the word "politics" can be scary and conjure up images of never-ending presidential debates. But that's not what this is about. It's about thoughtful women from both sides of the political aisle sharing what motivated them to take the [...]

4 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: “Why I’m Political” Series

By | November 4th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

What are women voters thinking about for the 2012 election -- when they're not being bombarded by stories about Herman Cain's lady troubles or Rick Perry's very own Howard Dean moment?  It shouldn't come as a surprise that they're focused on other more important things.  So BlogHer asked me to talk to some impressive women [...]

1 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: Moms are the New Activists!

By | November 1st, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|7 Comments

  If someone asked you to take a day out of your life to help mothers and children who are the poorest of the poor, who need the things we take for granted every day – enough food to feed our children, vaccines to prevent diseases, medicines to keep our families as healthy [...]

25 10, 2011

Mothers of Intention — ONE Day of Action for Mothers and Children

By | October 25th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

I'm excited to be heading to Capitol Hill today with the ONE team and the moms who traveled to Kenya to see how families there are benfiting from U.S. aid to help treate HIV/Aids.  This video says a little something about why we're going: If you have a minute, please reach out to your lawmakers [...]

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 [...]

17 05, 2011

How Are You Managing at Midlife?

By | May 17th, 2011|Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

As I get ready for the release of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my next Pundit chapter. Having a book published has been a longtime dream of mine, and it took me a while to find my way [...]

30 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention: To Be Tough on Crime, Do You Invest in Prisons or Preschools?

By | April 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

American moms aren't the only ones who get all fired up about politics.  With Canadian elections coming up next week, mothers up north are voicing their views on what's happening in their country.  I'm excited to have as my guest Mother of Intention Annie from PhD in Parenting -- a woman many of us know [...]

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 [...]

9 02, 2011

Mothers of Intention: From Cartoons to Carbon Reduction, by Krystal Ball

By | February 9th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I'm pleased to have as today's Mother of Intention Krystal Ball, who ran for Congress in the First Congressional District in Virginia in 2010.  Unfortunately, Krystal lost her race, but that hasn't put an end to her political activism.  As a mother of a two-year-old daughter, Krystal is keeping the pressure on policymakers, especially when [...]

12 01, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Aftermath of Tucson Edition

By | January 12th, 2011|Mothers of Intention|5 Comments

In the days since the massacre in Tucson and attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, many people have been weighing in on the tragedy.  Here are a few thoughtful posts worthy of your time: Ilina from Dirt and Noise takes a look at all the ways violence has permeated our society.  No one's got a [...]

5 01, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Another Change We Need in Health Care is Insurance Coverage for Lymphedema Sleeves

By | January 5th, 2011|Changing the World, Mothers of Intention|2 Comments

This is cross-posted from Toddler Planet where my amazing friend Susan Niebur, a breast cancer patient herself and a true Mother of Intention, is trying to make it possible for other breast cancer patients to obtain lymphedema sleeves and other services to manage their disease that aren't usually covered by health insurance.  Please read on [...]

22 12, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Holiday Lame Duck Edition

By | December 22nd, 2010|Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

This time of year, it's easy to feel like a lame duck.  Congress claims it can't get anything done because some people are on the way out and others are on the way in.  As evidenced by the doings in Washington, D.C. in the last two weeks, the lame duck theory is now clearly a [...]

14 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Uninsured and Pregnant, by Casey of Moosh in Indy

By | October 14th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|26 Comments

I haven't had any guest posts written specifically for Mothers of Intention for a while.  But when my friend Casey (you may know her better as Moosh in Indy) told me about her current insurance situation, I asked her if she would become a Mother of Intention for me.  About two seconds later I had [...]

11 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Chicago Sit-in for an Elementary School Library

By | October 11th, 2010|Changing the World, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

Sometimes it's easy to forget that I live in a world of relative privilege.  No, I'm not a millionaire or getting ready to jet off to any exotic location for the holidays (though I did see some interesting "wildlife" in South Beach while attending the Blogalicious conference!). In my suburban neighborhood, even with cutbacks and [...]

9 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Blogalicious Weekend Edition

By | October 9th, 2010|Democrats, Mothers of Intention, Republicans|1 Comment

As I'm managing my nerves while I prepare for my panel at the fabulous Blogalicious conference, I just wanted to make sure you had some good reading material to ponder and discuss: It's not corn sugar. It's high fructose corn syrup and it's evil. Just ask Liz or Jessica or MileHiMama. Jessica Pieklo at Care2 [...]

5 09, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Labor Day Weekend Edition

By | September 5th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|1 Comment

Soon it will be back to nose to the grindstone on PunditMom posts, finishing up the Mothers of Intention manuscript (fingers crossed for a January 1 launch date) and panel prep for the Activism + Media + Politics Summit in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.  In the meantime, here are some Mothers of Intention [...]

24 08, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Summer Camp is Over Edition

By | August 24th, 2010|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

We all know this end of summer/back to school time of year is a hectic one.  So while we're all trying to manage (myself included), here's some good reading from some of my favorite Mothers of Intention: Aimee Giese aka Greeblemonkey met with the First Lady of Panama to talk about Project C.U.R.E.  Read more [...]

24 07, 2010

Mothers of Intention — I’m on a Plane Again Edition

By | July 24th, 2010|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention, Republicans|0 Comments

I'm sure I'll have a lot to share after returning from the Netroots Nation convention/conference for progressive politicos and bloggers.  But in the meantime, as I'm winging my way from the heat of Las Vegas back to the heat of the nation's capital, here are a few great posts from some Mothers of Intention that [...]

10 07, 2010

Sarah Palin & the “Mama Grizzlies” Don’t Have a Corner on the Political Motherhood Revolution

By | July 10th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Republicans, Women in Politics|15 Comments

For some reason, Sarah Palin and her acolytes, or as she likes to call them, the "mama grizzlies," want us to believe that politically conservative mothers speak for all mothers and that they have a corner on common sense or on the political motherhood market. I beg to differ. "Sister" Sarah, I hate to break [...]

6 07, 2010

Mothers of Intention — It’s Too Hot to Go Outside, So Stay In and Read This Edition!

By | July 6th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

I hate winter and I love summer.  When PunditGirl asks me if I'd rather be too hot or too cold, the answer for me is always, "Too Hot!" Until this summer.  I don't know what's going on with the seasons or global warming, but after having several snowpocalypses this past winter and now  multiple 100 [...]

3 06, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Variety Pack!

By | June 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention, Republicans|0 Comments

Here's a little light reading from the Mothers of Intention file to get you through the week! Darryle Pollack weighs in eloquently on a topic I've been thinking about, but for which I haven't been able to put my thoughts together -- the separation of Al and Tipper Gore. Julie Marsh wonders why the GOP [...]

11 05, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Mother’s Day Edition

By | May 11th, 2010|Changing the World, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

Just because our official once a year Mother's Day celebration is over, doesn't mean we should forget about what mothers are thinking about.  So, I thought a special Mother's Day edition of Mother's of Intention was in order.  So, here is some excellent reading from some moms I like, and they're not just thinking about [...]

5 04, 2010

Mothers of Intention: Getting Over My Jet Lag Edition!

By | April 5th, 2010|Adoption, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Yes, the PunditMom family is back from our amazing tour of China, and I'm trying to decide what I want to share about things other than the tourist stops -- our visit to PunditGirl's orphanage and the events of those few days are still circulating in my mind as I try to find a way [...]

18 03, 2010

Mothers of Intention: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls for A Step Forward in Food Safety

By | March 18th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

I'm very excited to have a truly special guest Mother of Intention today -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  One of the issues Senator Gillibrand has been working since her arrival in the Senate has been promoting food safety, especially when it comes to the food we're feeding our children.  Now, she's taking her efforts [...]

19 02, 2010

Mothers of Intention — While I’m at Mom 2.0 Summit

By | February 19th, 2010|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

As I'm getting getting ready for my Mom 2.0 panel today, I wanted to leave you with some good reading for the weekend.  What better way than to recommend a few Mothers of Intention?! One of my favorite economy gurus is my fellow MOMocrat Cyn.  She has a great post this week entitled, 10 Things [...]

18 01, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Are We Going to Let Haitian Orphans Die?

By | January 18th, 2010|Adoption, Changing the World, Mothers of Intention|5 Comments

As a mom by adoption to the fabulous PunditGirl, it was difficult for me to watch all the footage in the past days about the many orphans in Haiti -- especially the ones who have parents who are just waiting to bring them home -- stuck not only in the nightmare of earthquake itself, but [...]