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19 02, 2009

Do We Really Need a Presidential Commission on Women?

By | February 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

So far American women are doing pretty well since President Barack Obama took office. He's only been President for a month, and already he's signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which will hopefully go a long way toward getting women equal pay for equal work in this country.But many are calling on the new [...]

18 02, 2009

Obama’s Mortgage Plan is Nice. Now How do We Convince the Banks?

By | February 18th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

President Barack Obama has announced his mortgage plan that is supposed to save people's homes.Mortgage modification help is supposedly now on the way, he says. But the bad thing is that we've already seen that those getting taxpayer money to bolster the economy don't feel any obligation to do what government says. So I'm worried [...]

17 02, 2009

Suleman Octuplets Good Reason to Look at Fertility Regulation

By | February 17th, 2009|Adoption|19 Comments

I am weary of the Nadya Suleman coverage. The tiny octuplets. 14 kids altogether. Unemployed mom. Not to mention that whole sort of looking like Angelina Jolie thing.But one aspect of this baby circus is worth talking about -- the fertility industry. Yes -- it's an industry, both here and around the world. It's a [...]

16 02, 2009

BlogTalk Radio –PunditMom & The Girl Revolution!

By | February 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

Tuesday at noon Eastern time, I'm excited that my BlogTalk Radio guest will be Tracee Sioux. We'll be talking about her new project, The Girl Revolution!Raising powerful daughters is the goal of Tracee's new blog and e-zine. And in this age of media trying to capitalize on the minds of our daughters and co-opting their [...]

13 02, 2009

If Helen Thomas is a Witch, What Does That Make Bill O’Reilly?

By | February 13th, 2009|Moms & Politics|13 Comments

It's always easy to tell when you've hit a nerve with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly because he loses that condescending laugh of his and goes on the uber-attack. It's clear that he's currently on the feminist warpath after being called out for attacking journalistic icon Helen Thomas by comparing her to the Wicked Witch of [...]

9 02, 2009

Global Women’s Issues May Finally Get Some Attention

By | February 9th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

Lilly Ledbetter.Coverage of pregnant women under SCHIP.And now, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues.Women's profiles are rising, finally, now that we are in a Barack Obama administration and this step by the Senate to create a subcommittee to focus on the varied plights of [...]

8 02, 2009

Who Better to Help Women at the Department of Labor Than NOW President Kim Gandy?

By | February 8th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|14 Comments

Victories are beginning to add up for American women. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He's signed a law expanding health care benefits for women and children under SCHIP.And now, there's a chance that Kim Gandy, longtime women's activist, feminist leader and President of the National Organization for Women is a contender [...]

5 02, 2009

Goodyear, You Can Spare $360K for Lilly Ledbetter

By | February 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

As so many women have been basking in the glow of the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the news reports reminded us that even though Lilly has become a standard bearer for the fight for fair pay for women, Lilly herself will never see a nickel of the money that she sued [...]

3 02, 2009

Get Yourselves Better Accountants, People!

By | February 3rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

Can someone please explain to me why there's another tax issue that is now causing the new administration's Chief Performance Officer to resign?Apparently, Nancy Killefer is stepping aside as her failure to pay unemployment taxes for household help has come to light. I'm just shaking my head over the fact that there can still be, [...]

1 02, 2009

Feminism 2.0 –Keeping the Program Moving

By | February 1st, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Monday I will have the honor to be speaking on one panel and moderating another at the first Feminism 2.0 conference in Washington, D.C. along with so many other amazing women.Veronica from Viva la Feminista has asked me to hang out with her and some other great speakers one the panel on Feminists and the [...]

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 [...]

30 01, 2009

At This Rate, Soon We’ll All Be Tracy Flick

By | January 30th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Remember Tracy Flick from the movie Election? The over-achieving, uber-ambitious, won't-let-anything-get-in-my-way gal running for class President? If she didn't before this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is now very familiar with Tracy, who some are saying is Gillibrand's alter ego.If Tracy Flick was a real person she'd be 28 -- old enough to have run and [...]

29 01, 2009

SpinCycle Thursday — There’s a New POTUS in Town & He Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Coat!

By | January 29th, 2009|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

So, the ice is sort of melting here, and so is my brain (!), but, as always, there's lots of good stuff going on to read about:Can you tweet your Congressman or Senators?The more I learn about Timothy Geithner, the less I like him.I agree with Barack Obama on how wimpy the people are in [...]

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 [...]

26 01, 2009

Was Caroline Kennedy Ever the Real Candidate?

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

So the very high profile bid for the spot of junior U.S. Senator from New York for Caroline Kennedy is over, and it did not end in a pretty way. She announced last week she was withdrawing her name for "personal reasons" after the rumors started swirling that she wasn't on the short list anymore.As [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Monday — Amendments, Sexism and the Year of the Ox

By | January 25th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Does the Constitution need another amendment? Russ Feingold thinks so. Maybe you do too, if you live in New York or Illinois.Lots of people, including myself, wondered if Caroline Kennedy had the experience to be New York Senator. Cokie Roberts made a good point on Sunday about that standard not being applied to Michael Bloomberg [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Sunday — OH NO! I Agree with Campbell Brown!

By | January 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|6 Comments

What do you think --- does she have a point about President Brarack Obama and transparency?After I posted the list of Senators who voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay legislation -- those who voted against it were all Republican men and all women Senators, regardless of party, voted for it -- suggested that this [...]

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, [...]

23 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Friday — Does David Paterson Really Want to Cross the Kennedys?

By | January 23rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

I have a feeling the Kennedy family is going to have a few choice words for New York Governor David Paterson. After leading her to believe she was the front runner, Paterson now says Caroline Kennedy was "not ready for prime time." OUCH!Gender discrimination in public schools? SCOTUS says, mmm, not so much.Have a few [...]

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?

22 01, 2009

Is Kirsten Gillibrand the New Hillary Clinton?

By | January 22nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Now that Caroline Kennedy has officially withdrawn her name from consideration for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, it's time to look at the other names on the list.News reports say that New York Governor David Paterson isn't inclined to appoint New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and will instead give the seat to New York Congresswoman [...]

22 01, 2009

Spin Cycle Thursday — Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Katie Couric Walk Into a Bar

By | January 22nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

OK, not really, but those names just seem to suggest that there would be a good story if those three power women did get together.As for Caroline Kennedy, she's officially withdrawn her name from consideration for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, citing "personal reasons." Whatever they are, I hope the media doesn't turn her withdrawl into [...]

21 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle — Post-Inaugural My Head is Still Spinning Edition!

By | January 21st, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Well, it's done! George Bush is back in Texas where he belongs (sorry to my friends in Texas) and the new Obama administration is in full swing. As I spend part of the day catching up on the work I neglected the past few days, here are some things I think you'll enjoy:Grammy Robinson is [...]

20 01, 2009

It’s a New Day!

By | January 20th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Photo from MSNBC

19 01, 2009

I’m Saving Myself for Hillary Clinton

By | January 19th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Many people I know are flabbergasted that I am not partaking of any of the official inaugural activities, even though I live pretty close, as the crow flies, to the inaugural parade route and swearing in ceremony for Barack Obama.I know families who are going to venture down to the Mall just to be able [...]

16 01, 2009

President Bush Farewell Tour: Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on the Way Out

By | January 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

It's been a very long farewell tour for outgoing President George W. Bush. I've gotten the feeling that he's been phoning it in for a while, but then I decided that's not such a bad thing, given his dismal record in the last eight years.He's had his final news conference, where it became clear that [...]

15 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Thursday — Sarah Palin Hates Us & More Confirmation Hearings

By | January 15th, 2009|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Lots of good stuff this morning!Sarah Palin is getting testier in an interview with Esquire magazine about those of us she calls "bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie." Just when you thought you were out, she pulls you back in!Confirmation hearings are getting underway this morning for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder and Homeland Security [...]

14 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle — Ann Coulter, Hillary Clinton and The Mayor of Baltimore

By | January 14th, 2009|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

I know that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but they didn't all walk into a bar together. Now THAT would be breaking news. But speaking of Ann Coulter ...The lies of the Bush White House will continue to be insidious, even after he's gone. Stay vigilant.Things don't look good for Mayor Sheila [...]