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 [...]

19 06, 2012

Stay-at-Home Moms Caused the War on Women?

By | June 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Politics|0 Comments

  Excuse me, moms. Have you ever stepped off your work or career path to be a full-time stay-at-home parent? If so then you, like me, are to blame for the impending demise of feminism. At least that's what one so-called social critic is trying to get everyone to believe. Just when you [...]

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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

17 03, 2012

A Short, Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

By | March 17th, 2012|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Dear Hillary, I so loved your speech last week from the Women in the World conference, as well as Meryl Streep's brilliant introduction of you. You've had so many wonderful and inspiring moments as someone who has been a tireless champion for women around the world. I love this "best of" reel of just a [...]

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 [...]

15 03, 2012

Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old

By | March 15th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

PunditGirl: Mom, why don't you and dad like Rick Santorum? Me: Well, remember a couple of years ago, when we talked about how babies get made? PunditGirl: Yeah .... Me: And remember how you got all worried and said, "But Mom, what if I don't want to have a baby?  What if I want to [...]

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 [...]

7 03, 2012

Limbaugh Isn’t the Only One Mocking Women

By | March 7th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism|2 Comments

There's plenty of sexism and downright misogyny among talking heads and commentators to go around.  Neither the left not the right has a lock on who's worse.  As many people, including myself, have called out Rush Limbaugh for his recent remarks calling a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her [...]

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: [...]

29 02, 2012

No Birth Control for You?

By | February 29th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|4 Comments

I feel like I'm living in the time of Hester Prynne and her Scarlet Letter in light of the ongoing and escalating attacks on women's health, especially when it comes to anything concerning our 'lady parts.'  Some women on the right say birth control has nothing to do with our health.  I say, "What?"  Recently, [...]

22 02, 2012

Rick Santorum Doesn’t Want to be President

By | February 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

  Rick Santorum has found his footing as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  He's gaining attention by the day, which is borne out by recent polls that put him in a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney, the GOP pick who was supposed to be the inevitable challenger to President Barack Obama.  [...]

16 02, 2012

Dear Congress, We’re Not Stupid

By | February 16th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|4 Comments

  White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy with a yamulke, black guy. I don't have an image I can show, but that's how I would describe the witnesses invited to Capitol Hill by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa (also a white guy) to talk about -- prescription birth control!  Well,  Issa claims his oversight [...]

13 02, 2012

Can Rick Santorum Fix His “Woman” Problem?

By | February 13th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

If Rick Santorum wants women voters to support his presidential candidacy, he might want to stop talking about women. Soon. He’s clearly doing well with conservative Christian voters around the country, as his wins in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado show. But Santorum can’t win the big contest in November without women. And in light [...]

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 [...]

4 01, 2012

Michele Bachmann is Out. Or Is She?

By | January 4th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

It was really just a matter of time until Michele Bachmann’s presidential race was over.  I had a sense that things were close when her children showed up with her on interviews right before the Iowa Caucuses.  When a candidate starts appearing with their extended family mid-campaign, it’s almost never a good sign.  [...]

16 12, 2011

Plan B & HPV Vaccines: Do Either of These Belong in a Presidential Race?

By | December 16th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

In presidential campaigns, we expect to hear the candidates weigh in and spar on issues like the economy, taxes, military spending -- those issues that impact all of us and which the federal government has some role in dealing with.  But when it comes to making specific reproductive health decisions for our daughters, why do [...]

7 12, 2011

President Obama: Populist for a Day?

By | December 7th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Most political observers agree that President Obama has gotten his populist mojo back, at least in front of the camera, just in time for the 2012 campaign.  Recent appearances have proven that the 2008 campaign Obama is out in full force again, as opposed to the 'can't we all just be bipartisan and get along' [...]

2 12, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is Not a Sex Symbol

By | December 2nd, 2011|Feminism|8 Comments

So my friends over at the Curvy Girl Guide (if you haven't checked them out, you MUST) brought this movie poster to my attention for the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  As Hollywood movie posters go you might think this one is par for the course -- dark, brooding guy [...]