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10 11, 2016

White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

By | November 10th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue … If It’s Not Too Late

Not all white women are clueless.  But Trump's victory proves that the majority of us are.  I've never understood the election statistic that most married white women vote Republican. Even if they were Democrats before their wedding day, there's apparently something about putting on that ring that turns their blue hearts to red. Yes, I'm [...]

12 10, 2016

Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

By | October 12th, 2016|2016 election, Economy, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on Five Things Lester Holt Needs to Ask Donald Trump

Donald Trump has a well-documented penchant for rarely answering direct questions. If journalists try to pin him down, they get mocked or have their press credentials revoked. They also get physically removed from public events. And, if they don’t have all the facts at their fingertips to challenge him on his evasion tactics, Trump gaslights [...]

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 [...]

8 06, 2016

Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

By | June 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Historic Hillary Victory a ‘Where Were You’ Moment

The historic nature of Clinton officially becoming the Democratic presidential nominee (barring something unforeseen) isn’t just about Hillary or my own dream of someone like her. Reports abound on social media that parents allowed their children to stay up past their bedtimes on a school night – as so many of us did in 1969 [...]

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 [...]

8 04, 2016

Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

By | April 8th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

A Bernie Sanders spokesperson recently played a desperate and sexist political card against Hillary Clinton. It wasn't a new one, but Sanders' representative surely knew that to call the former secretary of state and U.S. senator the "A" word would, for some voters, bring into question her fitness for the White House without actually having [...]

8 03, 2016

Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

By | March 8th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Six Reasons “Shake It Off” Should Be Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Theme Song

Hillary Clinton spent tons of time campaigning for many mid-term candidates in 2014 -- did 18 states signal her affection for the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling? And no doubt she heard a variety of campaign songs chosen by those candidates to inspire the crowds that turned out at rallies. So now that [...]

20 02, 2016

6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

By | February 20th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|Comments Off on 6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget, 2016 Edition

Two years ago, I wrote the first "6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You To Forget" post. Surprisingly, it has been a a very popular post. And I had to wonder why? There are things every political candidate would prefer voters not focus on as they run for office, and it seems like these are very [...]

25 01, 2016

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

By | January 25th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox on C-SPAN Book TV!

Couldn't get to the Washington, D.C.-area book tour stop for Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox? No worries!  C-SPAN Book TV was there and taped the event! The show aired over the weekend of Blizzard 2016/Snowmageddon/SnowZilla or whatever you called it! But you can watch it here, too!

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, [...]

16 12, 2015

Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

By | December 16th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Can Hillary Thread the Needle on Being Likable & Being Ready to Deal with Terror

Some say Hillary Clinton was too "hawkish" in 2008. Some say she is too warm and fuzzy for 2016. What's a girl got to do to convince voters she's ready for the White House? [divider] Hillary Rodham Clinton learned during her first presidential run that, at least until we elect the first female president, there [...]

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 [...]

21 10, 2015

Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

By | October 21st, 2015|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|Comments Off on Is Congressman Paul Ryan the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance?

"I cannot and I will not give up my family time." That's what Paul Ryan declared when asked to be the new Speaker of the House. Kind of ironic coming from a guy so opposed to paid family leave for the rest of America. [divider] If you've been trying to stay away from news because [...]

12 10, 2015

Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | October 12th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Being a wonky political follower, I thought I had a sense about where certain writers would come out on Hillary. But the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox surprised me in a lot of ways. [divider] The first Democratic presidential debate for the 2016 election is almost upon us and cable [...]

30 08, 2015

Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

By | August 30th, 2015|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Has to Be the Girlfriend, But Trump Can Be The Grinch

Likability wasn’t just a side issue in this research; a whopping 90 percent of women who participated in a 2012 polling said that they had to like a female candidate before they could support her. [divider] Could an unlikable Donald Trump trump a likable Hillary Rodham Clinton for the White House? Hear me out when [...]

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 [...]

12 02, 2013

You’re More Than a Guest in the First Lady’s Seating Box

By | February 12th, 2013|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Equal Pay, Health, Politics|3 Comments

The White House just released the list of guests who will be joining Michelle Obama in the traditional First Lady's Seating Box for the State of the Union address. There are always some Americans invited whose stories are personally compelling and add something along the lines of what sportscasters call "color commentary" for an event. [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 01, 2013

America, You Have an Anger Problem

By | January 11th, 2013|Changing the World, Politics, Women Online|5 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with representatives of the National Rifle Association as part of the discussion the White House is trying to have after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. While he was meeting with the group whose head believes that we need more "good guys" with guns to combat the "bad guys," another [...]

10 01, 2013

The Great Hillary Clinton Bash of 2013

By | January 10th, 2013|2016 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

  Oh, neo-cons. What are you going to do in a few weeks when Hillary Clinton retires? For the past 20+ years, you have made Hillary-bashing an Olympic sport. No matter what Hillary does. No matter where she goes. No matter what her title or job description at any given moment, even when Hillary Clinton [...]

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 [...]

26 11, 2012

You Say “Fiscal Cliff.” I Say There’s No Such Thing

By | November 26th, 2012|Economy, Politics|0 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! Watch out! There is a "fiscal cliff!" We're headed straight for it! It will be the ruin of all America! Just as soon as the 2012 presidential election was over, media outlets had a huge vacuum to fill and nothing to fill it with, at least that's what I have to assume since [...]