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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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

26 08, 2011

Don’t Know What to Tell My Daughters on Women’s Equality Day

By | August 26th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I sometimes use my experiences as PunditGirl's mother as a lens through which to view issues that are important to me.  But PunditGirl isn't the only daughter in my life.  I also have two adult step-daughters.  They don't need me much at this stage of the game -- they're women with their own professional [...]

21 06, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Women to Shut Up and Go Home — Again

By | June 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

The Supreme Court has told one and a half million women who work at Wal-mart, in essence, be grateful you have jobs even if you make less money and get promoted less than men.  Now, shut up and go home. That was the practical upshot of the ruling in the highly-watched case Dukes v. Wal-mart. [...]

8 05, 2011

Five Things This Feminist Mom is Grateful for on Mother’s Day — A Reprise

By | May 8th, 2011|Adoption, Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

This one was one of my favorites from last year.  So I figured -- if it was good enough for Mother's Day 2010, it should still be good for 2011! Sure, I get to leave the dishes in the sink and the dirty laundry in the hamper today. And it's great that "some people" (you [...]

28 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention — Why Perfectionist Parenting is Anything But Perfect

By | April 28th, 2011|Equal Pay, Feminism, Mothers of Intention|4 Comments

Welcome the latest installment Mothers of Intention!  Pleas welcome Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple, the authors of the new book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.  While I haven't had a chance to dig into this book yet, I'm looking forward to it because I've been [...]

30 03, 2011

Can the Women of the Supreme Court Help the Women of Wal-Mart?

By | March 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That's the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case who have alleged they've been victims of institutional efforts by Wal-mart to promote men over [...]

8 03, 2011

One Day for Women? I'd Say We Need All 365

By | March 8th, 2011|Changing the World, Equal Pay, Feminism|1 Comment

007 gets schooled by "M" on International Women's Day. What do you say -- Judi Dench in 2012? And I think Daniel Craig might look better as a redhead.

3 03, 2011

Women are the Real Losers in Wisconsin's Labor Fight

By | March 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|6 Comments

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 other efforts that would disproportionately impact women through that same lens of attack. So when labor statistics suggest that moves to weaken unions at the state [...]

2 03, 2011

White House Report Says Women More Likely to Have a College Education, but Still Earn Less

By | March 2nd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

The White House chose Women's History Month to release a new report on the status of American women called "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." The good news is that it's the first comprehensive report in about 50 years that presents an overall picture of how women are faring in a variety [...]

10 02, 2011

President Obama and the Chamber of Commerce: Bad News for Women?

By | February 10th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|3 Comments

When I saw news clips of President Obama walking across Pennsylvania Avenue to make a much-lauded speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the first thought that came into my head was, "Well, there's one more stake in the heart of working women." In terms of our stalled economy, of course it makes sense for [...]

2 02, 2011

Is Fair Pay Dead in Minnesota?

By | February 2nd, 2011|Equal Pay, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I've never been to Minnesota, but I'm a big fan -- I like it's current Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken ('cause he was smart enough, good enough and gosh darn it the voters liked him!), someone was ingenious enough to come up with the idea of connecting most of the buildings in downtown Minneapolis [...]

19 11, 2010

Writing, writing, writing!

By | November 19th, 2010|Democrats, Equal Pay, Moms & Politics, Republicans|0 Comments

Yup, still nose to the computer keyboard here for the never-ending manuscript edits!  But that doesn't mean you can't find me some other cool places in the blogosphere! There's plenty of blame to go around for the failure of the Senate to even allow debate and a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  I'm definitely [...]

17 11, 2010

Things That Made Me Mad Today — Editing My Manuscript Edition

By | November 17th, 2010|Democrats, Equal Pay, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Man, this writing and editing a book is a lot of work!  While I'm trying to get things finished here, there are things I want to write about, but don't have enough time for.  So I'm putting them in my occasional series, Things That Made Me Mad Today! 1. Despite the assurances of the White [...]

24 05, 2010

It’s Time for “Equal” to Be The New “Good”

By | May 24th, 2010|Changing the World, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism|2 Comments

Do I really have to put on my "good girl" face if I want to be treated fairly by employers rather than just having a straightforward conversation about why I, as a woman, am deserving of equal pay for equal work? According to a recent report, it looks like assuming that I'll get paid the [...]

12 05, 2010

The Supreme Court Could Still Use a Mom

By | May 12th, 2010|Changing the World, Equal Pay|4 Comments

I'm pretty happy that President Obama has nominated another woman to the Supreme Court -- three out of nine still isn't the ratio I'd like to see of women to men, but it's a great step in the right direction. Last year, when Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the highest court in the land, I [...]

28 04, 2010

Talk Amongst Yourselves

By | April 28th, 2010|Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|0 Comments

It's down to the wire with the Mothers of Intention manuscript --  = : O -- so here are a few things I thought you'd like while I'm burning the midnight oil: In case you missed it, check out the NEWSWEEK story about the 40th anniversary of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed against it by [...]

24 04, 2010

Down to the Wire Weekend

By | April 24th, 2010|Equal Pay, Feminism, Moms & Politics|0 Comments

Where can you find me this weekend while I'm trying to crank out the last chapter of Mothers of Intention? Check out my weekly column Speaker of the House at The Stir -- this week, I wonder how far we've really come since some brave women sued Newsweek for gender discrimination 40 year ago. See [...]

3 02, 2010

So Much Punditry, So Little Time

By | February 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Economy, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

I'm glad there are some other people weighing in on some topics on my mind: --My fellow MOMocrats and I are having a little Super Bowl Party Tailgate Party for Choice. -- The Women's Media Center is also thinking about the controversial Super Bowl from Focus on the Family and is wondering, what does CBS [...]

30 01, 2010

PunditMom Video Saturday — Lilly Ledbetter is Still Working for Us!

By | January 30th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Equal Pay, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|2 Comments

I had a chance to be on a conference call this week with Lilly Ledbetter, the woman who has become an icon in the fight for fair pay and equal status for women in the workplace.  While the a law bearing her name was signed into law a year ago, The Lilly Ledbetter Act doesn't [...]

11 01, 2010

Harold Ford vs. Kirsten Gillibrand — Who’s the Real Bully?

By | January 11th, 2010|Democrats, Equal Pay, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|11 Comments

I've  had some interesting comments in E-mail discussions, Facebook posts, Twitter and other places about my last post on the attempts being made by former Congressman Harold Ford and his cadre of wealthy backers to push Kirsten Gillibrand out of her seat in the U.S. Senate.  Because Gillibrand was appointed as Hillary Clinton's replacement, a [...]

28 08, 2009

Best of PunditMom — Something They Don’t Want Us to Know

By | August 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|0 Comments

Think you're getting shut out of prime work assignments because you have to do school pick-up? Have a feeling the "boys" are getting more parenting-credit at the office for going to a soccer game than you are for pediatrician's appointments? If so, you may be able to hold your bosses legally accountable. There's been increased [...]

31 01, 2009

PunditMom and MojoMom Strike Again!

By | January 31st, 2009|Equal Pay|1 Comment

When MojoMom (also known as Amy Tiemann) calls, I always answer! This week, she invited to me to hang out at her podcast to have a political chat about our new president, the newly signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Law and more!Stop by and hear what we think the new Obama administration ought to be [...]

28 01, 2009

The ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ Dance for Women

By | January 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|32 Comments

I'm not trying to be a party pooper. Borrowing one of PunditGirl's new favorite words -- I'm "ecstatic" that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is going to get signed into law by President Barack Obama. It's a wonderful step forward in women's battle for fair pay and gives us an important tool to get [...]

28 01, 2009

PunditMom’s SpinCycle Wednesday Ice & Snow Edition

By | January 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|1 Comment

Good icy Wednesday morning! We're iced in here at Chez PunditMom -- no school, but that's OK as PunditGirl is trying to devour Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But that doesn't mean that politics stops on a snow/ice day.President Obama is scheduled to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law [...]

27 01, 2009

Spin Cycle Tuesday — Blagojevich Takes on The View & More!

By | January 27th, 2009|Equal Pay|2 Comments

Blago gets really brave and takes on the ladies of The View.There's a huge leap forward today for women around the world -- President Obama repealed the global gag rule, which prohibited foreign aid from the US to countries that provided or even mentioned abortion in connection with family planning services.Is it possible for hope [...]

23 01, 2009

Fair Pay and Health Care for Kids are Closer to Reality

By | January 23rd, 2009|Equal Pay|2 Comments

As I started to write this post, I realized I was at a bit of a loss. I love writing about fair pay for women, health care for children and better schools, but I just couldn't help wondering why there's still a need to be writing about them? I'd like to think that in 2009, [...]

22 01, 2009

Here’s to You, Lilly Ledbetter!

By | January 22nd, 2009|Equal Pay|3 Comments

The Senate has voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay bill by a vote of 61 to 36!YAY!!!!!President Obama, do you have a few minutes to sign that into law this evening?

9 01, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter: “All I Ever Expected Was to be Treated Fairly”

By | January 9th, 2009|Equal Pay|4 Comments

Once upon a time, in a land that now seems very far away, a 19-year-old girl landed what she thought at the time was her dream job -- a position as an on-air television reporter! It wasn't in a major city or anything, but she thought she was well on her way to the ultimate [...]