Women in Politics

/Women in Politics
26 08, 2016

Why I’m Not Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

By | August 26th, 2016|2016 election, Equal Pay, Feminism, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Why I’m Not Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Women make up only about 20 percent of Congress and only 12 percent of our governors. Women publish less than 25 percent of op-eds in major newspapers and make up less than half of law firm and accounting firm partners. Women might make up over 50 percent of the work force these days, but that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

14 11, 2012

Nancy Pelosi Smack Down!

By | November 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Women in Politics|5 Comments

A good photo opp is worth a thousand words.  And that's what we got as Nancy Pelosi announced she will stay in her leadership role in the Democratic Party, after speculation that she might step aside once President Obama was re-elected.  As she put those rumors to rest, Pelosi surrounded herself with elected women in [...]

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 [...]

19 10, 2012

Your Voice, Your Vote: “Binders Full of Women” Will Make the Difference on Election Day

By | October 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

"Binders full of women" have been the hot political topic of the week! Some observers have lamented that there are many more important things to be talking about --like job reports, unemployment, Libya. But when it comes to winning elections, nothing is more important than convincing the largest voting group that you are the man [...]

18 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: The Pinterest Page

By | October 18th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

"Binders full of women." That's what Mitt Romney says he asked for (though now we know that's not really true) when he shockingly, all of a sudden in 2003 had an epiphany that, GOSH! There are actually women who want to work outside the home and are qualified to be in high level leadership positions! [...]

17 10, 2012

Binders Full of Women: More Than a Meme

By | October 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|4 Comments

The blogosphere loves a good meme. Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State many of us want to run for [...]

28 09, 2012

Are You “Ladylike” Enough for Todd Akin?

By | September 28th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

  U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says his Senate opponent Claire McCaskill was much more "ladylike" last time she ran for office. A Mitt Romney supporter recently told NPR that Michelle Obama isn't a good First Lady because she's not "ladylike" enough. The last time someone told me I wasn't being ladylike, it was one of [...]

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 [...]

14 09, 2012

Ann Romney Wears the Political Pants

By | September 14th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

  On the cover of TIME Magazine's online convention daily coverage, Ann Romney was pictured in a lovely plum-colored blouse and a pair of jeans. Or, should I say, she's wearing the pants. How apt. I'm convinced that Ann Romney wears the pants in her household, both when it comes to their family and when [...]

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 [...]