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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 [...]

25 02, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: “Lean In” and Get Your Butt to the Office!

By | February 25th, 2013|Changing the World, Economy, Feminism, Women Online|15 Comments

Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, women in the workplace will [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

18 07, 2012

Six Pieces of Advice for Marissa Mayer on “Having it All”

By | July 18th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|6 Comments

Marissa Mayer, welcome to the 2012  "Having It All Olympics!" I'm sure you're feeling warmly welcomed to this corner of the world now that you've announced your Google departure and your new gig as the CEO at floundering Yahoo! And you shared more good news by letting the world know via Twitter that you're having [...]

3 07, 2012

“#Allhaving” – The New Work/Life Balance Discussion?

By | July 3rd, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Mothers and Daughters, Women Online|6 Comments

The work/life "balance conundrum is always a topic that's ripe for discussion because there will never be a day when parents in general, and mothers in particular, don't beat themselves up for the choices we all have to make.  Finding a new way to talk about that, especially after the recent Atlantic article about whether [...]

25 06, 2012

Working Mother Smackdown? Moving This “Debate” Where It Needs to Go

By | June 25th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|4 Comments

Anne-Marie Slaughter meet Sheryl Sandberg. No, that's not them in the photo, but the latest working mom discussion makes me wonder how long it's going to be until we're all at each other like these two lades. Not so long ago, Facebook exec Sandberg announced to all working mothers in America than if she can [...]

22 06, 2012

Working Mothers: Having It All vs. Wanting It All

By | June 22nd, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|0 Comments

Is The Atlantic magazine trying to horn in on the "mommy wars?" After two articles on working mothers vs. stay-at-home moms in the last week, I'd have to say yes. Except that while one of the pieces is really just tossing a new log on an old fire, a new piece is worth a read [...]

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 [...]

3 05, 2012

“The Conflict” — There Isn’t Any for Most Moms

By | May 3rd, 2012|Feminism, Women Online|3 Comments

Every few years when the media need something to boost ratings, they turn to the tried and true mommy wars. It's not a heavy lift and does wonders for ratings and ad sales! Every two years, we get redefined for the latest election cycle -- soccer moms, security moms, minivan moms. Retailers grab onto labels [...]

6 03, 2012

Rush Limbaugh & The GOP: You Can’t Take Back “Slut”

By | March 6th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|14 Comments

The last two news cycles have been filled with reports of  Rush Limbaugh's  so-called "apology" to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.  No doubt, you've all heard by now that Limbaugh's faulty understanding of how the birth control pill works (Rush, it's not like Viagra, which we know you know a lot about), led him [...]

4 03, 2012

PunditMom Must-Reads of the Week

By | March 4th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Feminism, Politics, Women Online|0 Comments

It's hard not to get caught up in the whirlwind of the election cycle and the impending Super Tuesday contests.  But when I need a little break, I go looking for something to read that will get me centered again, and not so focused on politics.  Here are a few of my must-reads this week: [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 02, 2012

PunditMom Reads of the Week — 2/5/12 Edition

By | February 5th, 2012|Changing the World, Women Online|0 Comments

Yes, I spend a lot of time reading stories from around the web about politics, ESPECIALLY in this crazy election year!  But sometimes a girl's got to spread out, get a little perspective and check in with other parts of the world, even when I'm knee deep in the process for my new [...]

21 01, 2012

PunditMom Reads of the Week — 1/21/12 Edition

By | January 21st, 2012|Women Online|0 Comments

I've always loved to collect hearts and I especially love finding them in unexpected places.  In a piece of sea glass or in part of a cactus: That's one of the reasons I loved this post from Jessica Ashley at Sassafras.  I usually find these coincidences of nature when I'm not looking for them, so [...]