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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 08, 2012

5 Things I Hated About Ann Romney’s Speech

By | August 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|20 Comments

So, I've already weighed in on Ann Romney's attempts to make her husband out to be all warm and fuzzy and the kind of guy you not only want to take home to the parents, but who will also work his darnedest in the White House. There are plenty of people kvelling over her speech [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

28 05, 2012

Women in Politics: The Hard Truth

By | May 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

I came across this great graphic about women in politics I wanted to share -- not great in the fact that so few women think about running for office, but great because this sums up pretty clearly that women are still on the short end of real political influence in America. As for the question [...]

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 [...]

25 04, 2012

Is “VEEP” the Kind of Veep We Want?

By | April 25th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

If Elaine from Seinfeld turned to the world of politics, and added in a dash of Curb Your Enthusiasm and a pinch of The Office, you'd have Selina Meyer, the vice president of unnamed political party in HBO's new series, VEEP.  I was so excited when I heard this show was getting produced [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

16 03, 2012

Political Ambition and Women

By | March 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

As part of my ongoing duties over at iVillage iVote during the 2012 election, I get to be part of some amazing video conversations, like this one with iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and author/activist Gloria Feldt.  We had a great time dishing about why there aren't more women running for political office.  Lots of [...]

13 03, 2012

Leadership Through Women’s Compassion

By | March 13th, 2012|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|6 Comments

When it comes to Hillary Clinton most people have very strong feelings. Few people are lukewarm in their thinking about the former First Lady/U.S. Senator/presidential candidate/Secretary of State.  You either love her for all she's accomplished or hate her for how she's handled her marriage.  People love her for the boldness she exhibited in her [...]

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 [...]

9 02, 2012

All the Presidents’ (Candidates’) Wives

By | February 9th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Much ado has been made about Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, for its focus on the First Couple’s marriage and the role that First Lady Michelle Obama has a White House influencer. Critics (of both Michelle Obama and Kantor) have chimed in with the question, “Why do we need to know about married [...]

26 01, 2012

Hillary’s Hair: We Can’t Help Ourselves

By | January 26th, 2012|Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Hillary Clinton and her controversial headbands are back!  While President Obama's State of the Union address has been much talked about and we loved seeing now-retired Congresswoman Gabby Giffords make her appearance on the House floor as he gave that speech, the third-most discussed thing about this week's SOTU event was --  Hillary's headband!! Forget [...]

23 01, 2012

Gabby Giffords: I Know We’ll See Her Again

By | January 23rd, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

I think we can all agree that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is an amazing woman.  Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or somewhere in between, I have a feeling you’ve been rooting for the woman many of us now just call "Gabby.  Her remarkable story of endurance and courage on her road to recovery following [...]

19 01, 2012

My Hillary Clinton Fantasy!

By | January 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Poor Hillary Clinton. She never gets a break when it comes to the political rumor mill. Will she run against President Obama in 2012? Did she say she wanted to retire from being Secretary of State in a second-term Obama administration because she wants to make plans for a White House run in [...]

17 01, 2012

4 Ways Michelle Obama Should Celebrate Her Birthday

By | January 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Happy birthday, Michelle Obama! Turning 48?  Hey, you’re still just a youngster! You know what they say -- 48 is the new 28. If you’re even a little bit like me, though, at 48 you see can see that big 5-0 staring you pretty clearly in the face. Don’t think about that right [...]

14 01, 2012

7 Reasons Men Rule in Politics

By | January 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Men still rule the school when it comes to the world of politics. I know that's not really news, but it's good to have someone do a study about this sort of thing just to remind us that the more things change (there are more women in elective office today than a couple of decades [...]

11 01, 2012

Why I Want to Read “The Obamas”

By | January 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I wasn’t lucky enough to get an early peek at “The Obamas,” the just-released book about the First Couple and their family, how they’ve fared living inside the Washington, D.C beltway, and the impact their experiences have had on their personal lives. (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive via my Amazon [...]

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 [...]

18 11, 2011

“Princess” Nancy Pelosi Should Be King

By | November 18th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain isn’t really making a name for himself as a champion for women. With allegations from at least four women that he sexually harassed them, and possibly sexually assaulted one, you’d think he’d dial back the anti-woman rhetoric, especially in the series of never-ending debates the Republicans are having [...]

14 11, 2011

Is Gloria Cain in Denial?

By | November 14th, 2011|Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I hate to break it to Gloria Cain, but I think she might be in denial about her husband Herman. For Hillary Clinton, accusations against her husband President Bill Clinton about potential sexual extra-curricular activities could only be viewed as part of an ongoing "vast right wing conspiracy." The late Elizabeth Edwards initially [...]

29 10, 2011

Where the Heck Was PunditMom This Week?

By | October 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Yes, things have been a little quiet here, but I promise, I have good reasons: Welllll, I've been launching a new project I think you'll enjoy called The Broad Side.  It's a new online magazine that will feature the best women's commentary from around the web. Just in time for the 2012 campaign season, but [...]

2 10, 2011

Sarah Palin: “Winning” Like Charlie Sheen

By | October 2nd, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

In politics, as in Hollywood, "winning" is in the eye of the beholder. Most pundits and politicos say there's no way that Sarah Palin is going to run for president in 2012 because time has run out.  She's dragged her feet and teased us with her coy 'I'm thinking and I haven't ruled it out' [...]