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9 12, 2011

Is Rick Santorum Getting a Pass Because He’s a Dad?

By | December 9th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Moms on both sides of the political aisle are well-acquainted with the heat high profile women candidates, who happen to be mothers, take when someone raises the "Who's taking care of the kids question."  It's something I devoted a whole chapter to in my book, Mothers of Intention. Even before she was a candidate, Hillary [...]

24 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention “Why I’m Political” Series — Jaelithe Judy

By | November 24th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Welcome to this month's edition of the Why I'm Political series. Don't run off! I know the word "politics" can be scary and conjure up images of never-ending presidential debates. But that's not what this is about. It's about thoughtful women from both sides of the political aisle sharing what motivated them to take the [...]

17 11, 2011

Pizza: Capitol Hill’s Favorite Vegetable!

By | November 17th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans|1 Comment

I am so glad I don't have to worry much anymore about how to get vegetables into my daughters diet -- I just need to have her eat more pizza and fries at school! Well, at least that's what some Republicans on Capitol Hill would like us to believe.  Trust me -- I'm [...]

9 11, 2011

Is Sexual Harassment the New Normal?

By | November 9th, 2011|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

  Herman Cain now has four women accusers saying he sexually harassed them and at least one recent story suggests that the number may rise. While Cain claims he's not getting out of the 2012 Presidential race and that he's in it to win it, how much longer can he survive, and is sexual harassment [...]

4 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: “Why I’m Political” Series

By | November 4th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

What are women voters thinking about for the 2012 election -- when they're not being bombarded by stories about Herman Cain's lady troubles or Rick Perry's very own Howard Dean moment?  It shouldn't come as a surprise that they're focused on other more important things.  So BlogHer asked me to talk to some impressive women [...]

3 11, 2011

New Study Calls “Mom Bloggers” Politically Influential. Isn’t That What I Said?

By | November 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

A recent study entitled, “Mom Bloggers Voices and Votes Influence State of Union” comes to the conclusion that women online have a huge impact on politics and social issues.   The graphics proclaim “Mom bloggers vote!” “Mom bloggers care!” Mom bloggers are “motivated!” To that I say, ya’ think? Now, I’m not a pollster [...]

1 11, 2011

Mothers of Intention: Moms are the New Activists!

By | November 1st, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|7 Comments

  If someone asked you to take a day out of your life to help mothers and children who are the poorest of the poor, who need the things we take for granted every day – enough food to feed our children, vaccines to prevent diseases, medicines to keep our families as healthy [...]

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 [...]

25 10, 2011

Mothers of Intention — ONE Day of Action for Mothers and Children

By | October 25th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

I'm excited to be heading to Capitol Hill today with the ONE team and the moms who traveled to Kenya to see how families there are benfiting from U.S. aid to help treate HIV/Aids.  This video says a little something about why we're going: If you have a minute, please reach out to your lawmakers [...]

21 10, 2011

Miss Representation: A Must See Movie

By | October 21st, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  “You can’t be what you can’t see.” That’s how the award-winning film Miss Representation begins, a movie that takes a critical look at negative portrayals of women in the media and how that undermines the ability of today’s generation of girls to see themselves as future leaders. As the mother of a daughter, I’ve [...]

6 10, 2011

Michelle Obama’s Sneaky Target Outing

By | October 6th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

So many women, regardless of party affiliation, are fans of Michelle Obama's fashion sense.  Sure there are some haters, but the First Lady gets tons of attention for her shopping savvy, style choices and updated Jackie Kennedy flair. But no one can keep up the fashion 24/7.  All women have their moments when they are, [...]

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' [...]

30 09, 2011

What Women Want and Why You Should Care: Women Influencers Online

By | September 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

"Networked: What Women Want and Why You Should Care" was the title of the panel I moderated at this year's Activism+Media+Policy Summit to talk about how and why media, policymakers and politicos should be paying attention to the largest and most active group online to advance their goals.  I put together what I thought was [...]

18 09, 2011

Sarah Palin in Your Pocket!

By | September 18th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

You KNOW you want it!  Once Sarah Palin announces her 2012 Presidential candidacy, good luck trying to find one of these babies! And while I was out shopping for this, I wandered into the dangerous territory of taking PunditGirl, who now has to change outfits three or four times before heading to school, to stock [...]

14 09, 2011

12-Year-Old Girls Could End Rick Perry’s Presidential Campaign

By | September 14th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|9 Comments

I've never really seen Rick Perry as a GOP presidential front-runner, even though many other pundits say he's got it in the bag.  Tea partiers love him as their flavor of the moment, but he's got so much baggage that even his most rabid supporters will eventually go running back to Michele Bachmann or Ron [...]

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 [...]

14 08, 2011

Women + Social Media = Political Empowerment

By | August 14th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|0 Comments

The theme running through my new book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, is empowerment.  It's tough to get any traction for the voices of anyone other than guys when guys are the ones running the media and political shows in America.  But the brave new world of [...]

11 08, 2011

My Book Mothers of Intention is Here!

By | August 11th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

You've probably noticed that nice promo box I've got sitting at the top right section of this site mentioning that my book Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America is for sale!  Yes!!  Finally, after two years of work, my book is really for sale!  But while I was [...]

8 08, 2011

ONE Moms in Kenya: A Trip of a Lifetime

By | August 8th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Remember I told you last week about ten amazing women -- including some of my very good friends -- who were invited to go to Kenya by ONE to see firsthand the health and hunger issues in Kenya, especially for mothers and children? While at the BlogHer '11 conference this past weekend, I got a [...]

3 08, 2011

ONE Campaign Takes Some of My Favorite Women to Kenya

By | August 3rd, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics|1 Comment

There's poverty in the United States.  No doubt about that.  And there are millions of children who go to bed hungry at night in America.  But there is a totally different kind of poverty all across the world that gets little attention here at home. I don't want to compare one person's need against another, [...]

28 07, 2011

Michele Bachmann and Me

By | July 28th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Michele Bachmann and I had lunch together.  It's true!  She even had these lovely Tea Party cookies! OK, there were about 200 other people in the room, too. But we were both eating in the same place at the same time! Bachmann was at the National Press Club and, as a member, I was lucky [...]

16 07, 2011

Ridiculous Politics

By | July 16th, 2011|Economy, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Just when I think that the world of politics can't get any more ridiculous, someone comes along to prove me wrong. Some Americans are still holding the Vietnam War against Jane Fonda and apparently they all watch QVC.  Because there aren't other places (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, who am I missing?) we need to be more [...]

10 07, 2011

Betty Ford: Stealth Feminist and Role Model

By | July 10th, 2011|Changing the World, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|6 Comments

If someone were to ask you for your list of top political feminists, former First Lady Betty Ford would probably not be on that hit parade. But she should be. Betty Ford passed away last week at the age of 93, a woman best known for being the wife of President Gerald Ford who was [...]

29 06, 2011

Five Pieces of Advice for Michele Bachmann from Hillary Clinton

By | June 29th, 2011|Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

I know Michele Bachmann and Hillary Clinton are at complete opposite ends of the political spectrum, but now that the congresswoman from Minnesota has made her 2012 presidential bid official, she should prepare herself for the inevitable increased amount of media sexism and go to school on Clinton's 2008 experiences. "Flake" and "balloon head" are [...]

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. [...]

20 06, 2011

Political Word Games

By | June 20th, 2011|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great time meeting and being interviewed by Kelly Wallace, iVillage's Chief Correspondent, in connection with the release of my new book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. As a former broadcast journalist myself, I know that the grind of doing [...]

15 06, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Upping the Political Motherhood Ante

By | June 15th, 2011|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

If you thought Michele Bachmann was a conservative mom political superstar before the GOP debate on CNN, then you're probably standing in line to get her autograph this week, as well as her special beauty secrets of how she still looks so young and fresh after 28 kids. I certainly don't look that put together [...]

13 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner Aside, Things Would Be Different if Women Ran the World

By | June 13th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

To suggest that women might make better politicians and make better decisions overall always brings out the heated arguments, but it's a fair one to consider especially in light of the pretty bad decisions -- both personal and political -- our mostly male-run world has made over the course of, well, all time. Can it [...]

11 06, 2011

Mothers of Intention: The Road Show Has Begun!

By | June 11th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|4 Comments

It was pretty hard to contain my excitement when I saw my book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. The book actually didn't come to me -- I went to it when I attended Book Expo America in New York City a couple of weeks ago.  The distributor [...]

1 06, 2011

As Bachmann & Palin Shift Into Overdrive, Can We Steer Clear of “Catfight?”

By | June 1st, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

With the rollout of Sarah Palin’s East Coast bus tour extravaganza and Michele Bachmann’s near-announcement on Good Morning America that she’ll announce her presidential candidacy in Iowa in June, analysts are wondering, “Will they or won’t they?”  Is there enough political bandwidth for two dynamic Republican women on the road to the White House or [...]