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10 04, 2009

Political Makeovers for Women!!

By | April 10th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|5 Comments

Women love makeovers. We can't help it. Even the most serious-minded of us like a little change now and then. Who doesn't crave a new lip gloss or yearn for an updated hair style from time to time? (Excuse me for a moment, I hear the Bobbi Brown counter calling my name!) The same thing [...]

8 04, 2009

PunditMom — One of 50!

By | April 8th, 2009|Moms & Politics|10 Comments

As I've mentioned before, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the term "mommyblogger." But I guess I'm going to have to come to grips with it and use it for my world domination agenda in light of a list I just found!I had no idea this had come out, but a friend [...]

8 04, 2009

Oprah and the Mommybloggers Should Go One Step Further

By | April 8th, 2009|Moms & Politics|27 Comments

My gal pal Jodifur nudged me to take on the topic of Oprah and the mommybloggers. I know that could be a bit dangerous (I don't want Oprah putting a hit out on my blog!), but I'll go there anyway!In case you hadn't heard, Oprah had a bevy of women bloggers on her show this [...]

7 04, 2009

10 Reasons Mothers are More Political in 2009

By | April 7th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|8 Comments

As I discovered last year by reading a lot of blogs, and from the wonderful essays all my Mothers of Intention contributors wrote, moms are a lot more political than the we get credit for. Politicians think they know us and give us labels that make it easier for them to find pat stump speeches [...]

6 04, 2009

G-20 — The More Things Change, ….

By | April 6th, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

Here are the spouses of the G20 leaders. Well, the wives of the male leaders, that is. There are actually two women leaders in the G20 -- Angela Merkel of Germany and Cristina Kirchner of Argentina.So, why aren't the husbands in this photo? I'm guessing because it wouldn't make for a pretty photo op -- [...]

6 04, 2009

Michelle Obama’s Story is Mine. And Yours.

By | April 6th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

As many news reports have pointed out, the world is going gaga for Michelle Obama and this time it's about more than her J. Crew cardigans. Girls are listening with rapt attention to her working-class story that reporters are calling "extraordinary."While it's great that people are paying attention to her tale, there's just one thing [...]

4 04, 2009

I Know It Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With Politics

By | April 4th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

But it's the weekend and I like to play with my camera. Who knew almost dead flowers were such good photo subjects?Photo by PunditMom

3 04, 2009

Are We Closer to “Family Friendly?”

By | April 3rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

As the Obamas were campaigning for the White House, they were clear about their intent to make our country more "family friendly." Michelle Obama in particular was open about the fact that she would make advocating for families one of her main projects if she became First Lady.Well, here we are with the Obamas pretty [...]

2 04, 2009

The Politics of Mothering a Tween

By | April 2nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

It has come to my attention, rather abruptly recently, that there are some things I have been in MAJOR denial about when it comes to PunditGirl. First, I refuse to accept the fact that she is officially a "tween." But at 9 going on 30, I can't really argue with that anymore.Unfortunately, it looks like [...]

31 03, 2009

PunditMom Rants (again) About Media Coverage of Adoption — It’s Not Just About Madonna

By | March 31st, 2009|Adoption|19 Comments

I really try to stick to more political things here at PunditMom, but sometimes I have to speak up when the media gets out of control with its coverage of adoption.This week, the Washington Post wrote this headline, "Maryland Woman is Charged in Death of Two Girls: Children Were Found in Adoptive Mother's Freezer Last [...]

28 03, 2009

Moms Are Going to Kick the Economy in the Butt!

By | March 28th, 2009|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

A cultural shift is going on when it comes to the economy. Sure, we're all cutting back, clipping coupons and altering summer vacation plans (if we can even afford one). But this economic downturn is the kind that's going to alter how we live our lives.Growing up on a small family farm, I knew the [...]

27 03, 2009

What if “Women’s Work” was Centerpiece of the Stimulus Package?

By | March 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

I know you might be wondering what glue I’ve been sniffing to wonder aloud about what our economic recovery could look like if “women’s work” was valued in the way men’s always has been. I don’t mean the stereotypical world of motherhood and careers limited to nursing and teaching. I mean the work of all [...]

26 03, 2009

Mothers of Intention — Moms Inspired to Change History

By | March 26th, 2009|Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

Well, spring break is upon us here at Chez PunditMom, so it's a bit tough juggling the parenting and punditry duties!But that doesn't mean I'm slacking off! You can find me over at MSN today with interviews of eight amazing women who were inspired to change history, including a couple of fabulous women I know [...]

24 03, 2009

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Wants You to be EARLY

By | March 24th, 2009|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

I've had a girl crush on Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a long time, in my own geeky political mom sort of way. She's more than just one of 435 in Congress -- she's a major player on Capitol Hill and really knows how to bring in the money for the Democratic party, even though [...]

15 03, 2009

Dear AIG, I’ve Solved Your Bonus Problem!

By | March 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|23 Comments

I don't practice law anymore, but after having contract law in my head for over 15 years, there are still a few tidbits bouncing around in there. Maybe I'd be better off if that wasn't the case, because then this whole crapola story about AIG not being able to get out of paying $165 million [...]

14 03, 2009

Weighing in on Rush Limbaugh

By | March 14th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Sorry, I couldn't help myself with that title. Does Limbaugh remind you of Jabba the Hut these days or is it just me?Anyway, some of my bloggy sistas have already eloquently weighed in on the Newsweek cover story by another uber-conservative David Frum on whether the Rush Limbaugh as de facto head of the Republican [...]

13 03, 2009

Maybe We Should Call it the Women and Girls League of Justice?

By | March 13th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Little by little, I'm starting to become more convinced that the Barack Obama administration is really going to help change things when it comes to women and children here and around the world.I've questioned before whether a White House Council on Women and Girls, or Commission, could really be an effective tool for change or [...]

10 03, 2009

John McCain and the Tale of the Earmarks

By | March 10th, 2009|Republicans|5 Comments

No, not earwigs. Or ear worms.Earmarks.Senator John McCain is really rattling the cage this week about "earmarks" -- those special requests in the federal budget that allow lawmakers to get a few hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars here or there for pet projects they claim their constituents need. McCain says he is SOOO [...]

9 03, 2009

Barbie, PunditMom and the AARP

By | March 9th, 2009|Moms & Politics|10 Comments

Until a few days ago, I would never have imagined that Barbie and I had anything in common.My hair has never been blond, I've never wanted to be an astronaut or the President of the United States (well, maybe I've wanted that from time to time), and my measurements are, shall we say, a tad [...]

3 03, 2009

Army Mom Shows Up for Duty with Kids — A Stunt or Act of Necessity?

By | March 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|15 Comments

Lisa Pagan, a former active duty member of the Army and mother of two toddlers, was called up from the "ready reserves" to report for duty this week for possible deployment to Iraq. She told the Army that she had no one to care for her small children if she was sent overseas because of [...]

2 03, 2009

Even Washington, D.C. Politics Stop for a Good Snowstorm

By | March 2nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Thanks to my new Eye-Fi, getting pictures like this posted faster is SOOO easy. Thanks Gillat!Nikon D60 + Eye-Fi = photo goodness!Photo by PunditMom

1 03, 2009

Soldier Mom Says ‘I’m Bringing My Kids’

By | March 1st, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

I finally got around to reading the Sunday paper after PunditGirl went to bed. Buried in a small five paragraph piece in the middle of the A section was an article, Soldier to Report With Her Children.Lisa Pagan is a mother of two small children who was honorably discharged from the Army several years ago. [...]

1 03, 2009

Aretha PunditMom!

By | March 1st, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Is it me?Thanks to Yikes! for sharing technical abilities!

28 02, 2009

Every Mom Can be a Mom-in-Chief

By | February 28th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Michelle Obama has proudly proclaimed that during her husband's tenure as President, she is going to be "Mom-in-Chief." Now, with a little help from author Jamie Woolf, we can all figure out how to be the Mom-in-Chief of our own family units!Woolf was my guest on the most recent PunditMom Radio show at BlogTalk Radio [...]

27 02, 2009

Maternal Health Around the World Needs a Shot in the Arm

By | February 27th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Childbirth is the leading cause of death for women around the world. About one woman every minute will die as a result of a pregnancy-related complication.Pretty scary, huh?But I bet I got your attention. Which is good, because I'm writing today about an effort launched this week on Capitol Hill by The White Ribbon Alliance [...]

26 02, 2009

Punditry & the Flu Go Together Like … ???

By | February 26th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

OK, I'm too sick to put together the rest of the analogy, but even when I'm feeling all head-achey and chilled, actually lying on the sofa with the afghan keeping me as warm as possible, it's hard to let go of the laptop.Really. I'm just kind of geeky that way. Last night as I was [...]

26 02, 2009

Did John Boehner Just Eat a Sour Pickle or is He Just Plotting his Revenge?

By | February 26th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

This picture of John Boehner and Eric Cantor during President Obama's speech to Congress really sums it up about the GOP -- sour pickle man and his note taker plotting the demise of economic recovery.Seriously, why is it impossible for them to even act a little bit like they'd be delighted to see the country [...]

25 02, 2009

So What Did a Political Mom Learn at Mom 2.0?

By | February 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

I'm not the typical "mommyblogger." But then you probably already knew that. Actually, I get a little uncomfortable when people use that phrase to refer to what I do. Yes, I made a conscious decision to put the word "mom" in my blog name, but that's because there are so few pundits or political analysts [...]

24 02, 2009

Time for PunditMom 2.0?

By | February 24th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

I've been getting my "2.0" on lately -- I got to speak at Fem 2.0 and traveled to Mom 2.0. In a couple of months I'll be able to say my work appears in a published book and I'm looking forward to launching PunditMom 2.0!I don't mean just a design thing, though that will be [...]

23 02, 2009

There’s More to Influence on Twitter Than Being Famous

By | February 23rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Who are the ten most influential people on Twitter -- the social media/micro-blogging service -- in Washington, D.C.? Top ten lists are always fun, but they're not always accurate.D.C.'s wonky newspaper Politico announced its list of top ten "twitterers" (I'd suggest the term "tweeters") and I'm afraid I have to take issue with a lot [...]