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17 06, 2012

Father’s Day and Presidential Politics

By | June 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

  Much gets made about whether women candidates for political office are mothers. Do they have young kids? If so, should they be running for office? We ask how will they manage, without giving a thought to the obvious -- that few ever ask that of fathers. As both Mitt Romney & President [...]

16 06, 2012

When it Comes to Women’s Health, GOP Can’t Have it Both Ways

By | June 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

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6 06, 2012

Progressive Women Rock

By | June 6th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics|1 Comment

Women are going to be the key to which candidate -- President Obama vs Mitt Romney -- will win the White House in November. That's what we're talking about on our Netroots Nation panel on Thursday -- how to engage that crucial voting bloc with online tools. The panel with Viva la Feminista Veronica Arreola, [...]

5 06, 2012

Scott Walker’s Fight Against Labor & Its Impact on Women

By | June 5th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics|3 Comments

  Just a reminder about what's going on in the Wisconsin governor recall election today. I wrote this last year for Politics Daily ... I don't want to see a conspiracy where there isn't one, but as some politicians push to cut reproductive and economic rights for women, it's hard not to view [...]

31 05, 2012

Paid Maternity Leave: This Says it All

By | May 31st, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Think Progress and its chart says it better than words: But you know what the right will say. Only socialists go in for paying women for time off care for newborns. I wonder if Redneck Mom has an extra room at her place? I know it gets cold in Canada, but I've gotta love any [...]

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 [...]

29 05, 2012

Facebook’s IPO: The Latest Episode of Punk’d?

By | May 29th, 2012|Economy|1 Comment

If you gave in to the temptation to be a part of Facebook's initial public offering, I'm guessing your original excitement has given way to the Kubler-Ross five stages of grief -- (1) denial, (2) anger, (3) bargaining, (4) depression, and (5) acceptance. With shareholder lawsuits being filed because investors believe they were "punk'd," I'd [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 05, 2012

Women and Social Media: The Key to Electoral Success

By | May 14th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I'm looking forward to this year's Netroots Nation conference where I'll be on a a great panel with three amazing women I know -- Veronica Arreola of Viva la Feminista, Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising and Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women's Media Center. I always enjoy being on panels where we talk about [...]

13 05, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day, President “Mom!”

By | May 13th, 2012|2016 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

  The first woman elected to the White House will answer to many names -- Madam President, ma'am, and, most likely, Mom. That's something I like to think about on Mother's Day. Given the demographics and family status of many of the women in politics today, there's a pretty good chance that the first female [...]

11 05, 2012

Mother’s Day: Just Another Political Opportunity for Mitt Romney

By | May 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

    After all the hub-bub and faux hand-wringing by many Republicans and the Mitt Romney team about Romney's wife Ann supposedly being the target of political "mommy wars," the Romney campaign has apparently decided they can't let this Mother's Day go by without making some more hay. It's easy in the fast-paced [...]

10 05, 2012

President Obama Cries “Uncle” on Gay Marriage

By | May 10th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

My short response is, "It's about freakin' time!" My longer, more thoughtful take on the President's "evolution" on same sex marriage is over at iVillage iVote, where I'm trying to keep up with my duties as 2012 Election Editor!

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 [...]

8 05, 2012

Is Your Emergency Room Ready for Your Child?

By | May 8th, 2012|Changing the World|0 Comments

If you have to take your child to an emergency room, did you know that many hospitals don't have specialized pediatric staff to address issues specific to children? I didn't. I've been lucky that so far (knock wood) we've never had a situation that required us to take our daughter for an ER visit.  But [...]

7 05, 2012

Republicans! Get in My Vagina!

By | May 7th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

You know, I thought Funny or Die was a comedy site, but it turns out they are going to a major political player this election year. Ashley Judd taking on Rick Santorum. Bringing President Bartlet back to us. And now, in a mere two and  a half minutes, Kate Beckinsale and some of her friends [...]

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 [...]

29 04, 2012

Where in the World? 4/29/12 Edition

By | April 29th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|4 Comments

Things are hopping in this election year, so I'm not always writing here as much as I'd like to. But I've still got my pundit hat on.  Some other places I was hanging out this week? I was over at POLITICO's Arena with my political strategist hat on talking about the imminent end of New [...]

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 [...]

23 04, 2012

Condoleezza Rice in 2012?

By | April 23rd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Mitt Romney needs a lot of things to happen and a lot of stars to align for him to become the President of the United States.  But of all the items on that ever-growing list, there's an intangible, yet important, one he just hasn't been able to check off -- enthusiasm. The members of his [...]

21 04, 2012

PunditMom’s Weekend Picks!

By | April 21st, 2012|Adoption, Feminism|1 Comment

You know you're always looking for something new to read over the weekend!  Here are some picks for you from some of the blogs I've been reading this week: Kristen at Rage Against the Minivan takes on the question of whether we really have to have another adoption-related blogosphere fight. At the Huffington Post, Jessica [...]

20 04, 2012

Mitt Romney’s VP Choice: Who’s on Your List?

By | April 20th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|2 Comments

Now that Mitt Romney is the unofficial GOP Presidential nominee who will be taking on President Obama in the fall, all good pundits are turning their thoughts to vice presidential predictions! (What will we do when there's nothing to predict!) So as iVillage 2012 Election Editor and Correspondent, I sat down with my election partner [...]

19 04, 2012

Ann Romney Can Lose the Victim Card

By | April 19th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

We're probably almost done with the life cycle of the Ann Romney vs. Hilary Rosen episode of Mommy Wars 2012. Most major news outlets have pulled in just about as many experts as possible to parse how the presidential campaign was temporarily rocked by Rosen, a Democratic adviser, who said, in the context of Mitt [...]

17 04, 2012

I’m Ready for Equal Pay. How About You?

By | April 17th, 2012|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

When I was first starting out as a young journalist, I believed there was no question that I would get paid the same salary as men doing the same job. After all, we'd come a long way, right? Women were not just "weather girls" anymore; we were becoming investigative journalists and sports anchors and producers. [...]

16 04, 2012

Democratic Women Don’t Hate Moms & Valuing Women’s Work

By | April 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|5 Comments

It was a super big week for me last week thank to Hilary Rosen and her one crazy comment about Ann Romney and motherhood. After her slip of the tongue about whether Ann Romney had every been a working mom, all media outlets were looking for commentary. I was lucky enough to chat with the [...]

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 [...]

12 04, 2012

More Political Mommy Wars? Here We Go Again!

By | April 12th, 2012|2012 election, Economy, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. Ouch. I'm counting the seconds until CNN commentator Hilary Rosen, who also is a DNC adviser, gets the boot from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not that I think Rosen should go, but that lone comment will be an ongoing distraction for weeks [...]

11 04, 2012

GOP Candidates on the “Hot” Topics

By | April 11th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|1 Comment

And then there were three.  With Rick Santorum bowing out of the presidential race to salvage any chance he has at running again in 2016, three Republican candidates remain in the race.  So where do they stand on the "hot topics" we all love to debate?  Here's your Mom Vote 2012 primer: Birth Control This [...]

11 04, 2012

Ann Romney as GOP’s Secret Weapon: Should She be the Republican Candidate?

By | April 11th, 2012|2012 election, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

With Rick Santorum out of the presidential race, Mitt Romney can unofficially turn his attention to campaigning against President Barack Obama. But he's been having problems connecting with voters, especially women. Can Mitt turn that around? And if so, how? I had a chance to discuss that with Kelly Wallace as part of the iVillage [...]

10 04, 2012

Rick Santorum Ends 2012 Campaign. When Will His Bid for 2016 Begin?

By | April 10th, 2012|2012 election, 2016 election|2 Comments

Political observers knew it was just a matter of time until Rick Santorum dropped out of the 2012 presidential race. The numbers game was against him -- at the moment Mitt Romney has almost three times as many convention delegates as Santorum. Even though the former Senator from Pennsylvania had a bigger fan club, Romney [...]