8 04, 2016

Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

By | April 8th, 2016|2016 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Will We Ever Be Able to Trust “Ambitious” Women?

A Bernie Sanders spokesperson recently played a desperate and sexist political card against Hillary Clinton. It wasn't a new one, but Sanders' representative surely knew that to call the former secretary of state and U.S. senator the "A" word would, for some voters, bring into question her fitness for the White House without actually having [...]

23 01, 2013

Benghazi Hearings: Now With a Dose of Sexism!

By | January 23rd, 2013|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Women in Politics|8 Comments

  I don't know why I'm still surprised by the sexism that continues to exist at media outlets today, especially when it comes to anything Hillary Clinton does or says. Even with analysts and talking heads proclaiming that she is the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and that she is more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

10 08, 2011

Michele Bachmann and Newsweek

By | August 10th, 2011|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

Many political observers thought that when Hillary Clinton gave us those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, that finally, FINALLY, women were going to be taken seriously as leaders.  Unfortunately, those in the media who are more concerned with selling ads in magazines, as well as perpetuating the myth that the little ladies just [...]

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 [...]

5 05, 2011

Supreme Court Tells Raped Cheerleader to Go Home

By | May 5th, 2011|Feminism|6 Comments

The Supreme Court of the United States just told a sexually assaulted high school girl to shut up and go home. They didn't say it in those words exactly, but that was the effect of the high court's decision not to hear an appeal by a Texas teen who was kicked off her cheerleading squad [...]

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 [...]

27 01, 2011

Politics and Snow — Bring It On!

By | January 27th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Republicans, Women in Politics|0 Comments

It's been a busy week for me at Politics Daily!  You can find me over there this week -- When the likes of Chris Matthews become equal opportunity insulters when they toss around terms like "Balloon head"  and "makeup salesperson" about as many men as women when they question someone's gravitas, that's when I'll stop [...]

20 10, 2010

Is 20 Years Too Long to Wait for a Smack-down Between Anita Hill and Virginia Thomas?

By | October 20th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|0 Comments

Twenty years is a long time to hold a grudge.  Not that something like that is beyond me -- tick me off in just the right way, and I can carry that grudge until it gets good and heavy!  But usually if I'm going to get into a smack-down about something that's made me mad, [...]

12 10, 2010

The Great Conservative Double Standard of Krystal Ball

By | October 12th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|6 Comments

Krystal Ball (yes that is her real name!), the Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Virginia, could be the undoing of conservative women who've complained for years that they're the true victims of sexism and that left-leaning women never come to their aid. There's a certain group that has taken to attacking us [...]

21 09, 2010

Can Conservative Women Be the Victims of Sexism?

By | September 21st, 2010|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|1 Comment

I was honored to be in on a great conversation this week for the Politics Daily online politics talk show Woman  Up -- Your Antidote to Too Many Men on Your TV Screen! Interestingly, the topic this week in light of Christine O'Donnell's primary election win in the Delaware Senate race was whether conservative women [...]

13 08, 2010

What’s Worse — When the Media Mock Political Women or Ignore Them?

By | August 13th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

The media love to mock women in the political world by using sexist terms that demean us and make us out to be something not worthy of serious consideration.   We saw that time and time again during the 2008 presidential election as talking heads not-so-subtly suggested that Hillary Clinton was only a viable candidate for [...]

20 11, 2009

Is Sarah Palin Creating Her Own Sexism?

By | November 20th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|19 Comments

My gut reaction when I saw the cover of Newsweek with Sarah Palin in her tight runner's shorts, coyly posed in that former beauty queen stance, I was ready to throw something heavy at editor-in-chief Jon Meachem. Looking at the impact that the former Alaska Governor is having on the political world now is fair.  [...]

19 06, 2009

Letterman vs. Palin — More Media Sexism or Just Tasteless Humor?

By | June 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|11 Comments

I'm not the only one who thinks that David Letterman owes us all an apology. But it seems like there are only a few of us.It's probably no secret to some of you that one of my hot button topics lately has been the free ride the media often get when sexism tries to disguise [...]

29 05, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor and the Code of Sexism

By | May 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Testy. Difficult. Nasty. Sharp-tongued. Those are just a few of the words being used by Republicans and the media to describe Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. If they ring a bell, they should -- it hasn't been long since those code words of sexism were used against another intelligent, accomplished woman in the public [...]

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 [...]

24 09, 2008

Sarah Palin, Say Hello to Campbell Brown!

By | September 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

I've never been a big fan of Campbell Brown, but she has been proving her journalism chops at CNN in recent weeks. First, there was the interview with John McCain's spokesperson where she wouldn't back down on trying to get some actual information about Palin's foreign policy experience.After that, John McCain canceled his appearance on [...]

8 08, 2008

Hillary Clinton — Crafting a New Political Role

By | August 8th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

While everyone else is talking about Barack Obama and VP roulette, I'm going to talk about Hillary! (You're SO surprised, right?)Hillary Clinton is poking her toe back into the political waters, now that she's taken sometime off to get her head around the fact that she will not be moving back into the White House [...]

5 03, 2008

Our Daughters are Paying Attention

By | March 5th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Stern. Witchy. The ‘b’ word that rhymes with witchy. Shrill. Scolding.I suspect that few of us would allow our husbands to use those words to describe us (even if they are thinking them on occasion) when they are in front of our children, especially not in the presence of our daughters.Yet, innumerable journalists, especially men, have found it perfectly OK to describe Hillary Clinton in those words as she runs for president, plus many others that get used to describe powerful and assertive women. Hateful and prejudicial phrases that convey an underlying meanness and insecurity about females who challenge traditional stereotypes about women in our society.If these men, many of whom undoubtedly have daughters, paid the tiniest bit of attention to what their children are focused on, they might rethink the vocabulary they are using to pillory Hillary. […]

5 11, 2007

Is Everyone Playing Fair?

By | November 5th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

For a second-grader, PunditGirl is pretty tuned in to when others are getting picked on unfairly.I guess that's the upside to all the time spent on the playground at school "dealing" with the boys. As you might guess, PunditGirl can hold her own with those seven-year-old alpha males!So I wasn't surprised when she caught me [...]