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9 04, 2016

Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

By | April 9th, 2016|2016 election, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been in the national spotlight since 1992, and has had more than her share of notoriety since her college days as the first woman commencement speaker at Wellesley College. So while I wasn’t sure exactly how the contributors to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox would feel about HRC, as [...]

5 11, 2012

High Anxiety on the Election Front

By | November 5th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|3 Comments

Predictions are always a dangerous thing, especially in an election that has been as contentious as the one between President Obama and Mitt Romney. While there is a feeling in the air that we are in a "perfect storm" set-up for a long election night as a result of self-appointed vigilante-like poll watchers, insufficient early [...]

31 10, 2012

Political Mothers: The Key to Winning the White House

By | October 31st, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|2 Comments

  I've gotten used to being scoffed at when it comes to my political bona fides. Because the word "mom" is in the name of my site, I'm often dismissed as someone who isn't focused on current events, our political climate or electoral events.  I'm a mother, so I must only be interested in what [...]

29 10, 2012

Ten Ways to Win Women’s Votes

By | October 29th, 2012|2012 election, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

Ten ways to win women's votes? Thanks, Ellen Bravo!

26 10, 2012

Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America

By | October 26th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers of Intention, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|0 Comments

Women are the ones candidates want. More precisely, mothers are the swing voters that presidential candidates try to woo every four years. Political wonks always come up with a clever new name for us each election cycle -- we've been soccer moms, security moms, minivan moms, and Wal-mart moms. For 2012, the favored monikers have [...]

25 10, 2012

Do Your Ovaries Do the Talking at Election Time?

By | October 25th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

First it was magic uteruses having an impact on election 2012. Now, according to a new study, it looks like candidates and pollsters who want to know more about the all-important woman's vote should have a chat with our ovaries. Any research that puts my hormones ahead of my brain demands serious skepticism. But the [...]

19 10, 2012

Your Voice, Your Vote: “Binders Full of Women” Will Make the Difference on Election Day

By | October 19th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Politics, Women in Politics|3 Comments

"Binders full of women" have been the hot political topic of the week! Some observers have lamented that there are many more important things to be talking about --like job reports, unemployment, Libya. But when it comes to winning elections, nothing is more important than convincing the largest voting group that you are the man [...]

26 07, 2012

Photo ID Laws Disenfranchise Women Voters

By | July 26th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|7 Comments

  Women voters beware. Right-wing attempts to push through tougher voter ID laws may keep you from voting in November. I'm not talking about zombie moms. I'm not talking about women trying to pull the wool over some poll worker's eyes in order to vote in a different town. I'm not even talking [...]

16 07, 2012

Republicans Fear Election Zombies

By | July 16th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

  Republicans see dead people. Well, they see dead people, and possibly zombies, when it comes to the visions of voter fraud that dance in their heads.  The GOP likes to conjure up images of the dearly departed to convince the rest of us that untold numbers of live voters are using their [...]

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 [...]

29 03, 2012

Rick Santorum: GOP Ladies’ Man

By | March 29th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Conservative women voters LOVE Rick Santorum! While those of us on the Democratic side of the aisle worry about what will happen to our access to birth control and our reproductive health rights if the former Pennsylvania Senator were to become president, many Republican women favor Santorum over Mitt Romney by huge numbers. But why? [...]

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 [...]

24 10, 2011

What I’m Reading …

By | October 24th, 2011|Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

As I'm getting ready for some exciting stuff this week (more to come shortly!), I wanted to give you some good reading material for the beginning of the week.  I'd love to hear what you think about these articles from around the web! Lace as a Metaphor for Political Change from The Woman Citizen Not [...]

14 10, 2011

Do Women Need a Woman to Stay Engaged in the 2012 Race?

By | October 14th, 2011|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|4 Comments

Women candidates for president or vice president have been far and few between in our lifetimes. Until 2008, to see any woman on a national ticket, regardless of party, was a rarity.  Sure, there were a couple of famous exceptions like Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.  But it’s pretty [...]

30 04, 2011

Mothers of Intention: To Be Tough on Crime, Do You Invest in Prisons or Preschools?

By | April 30th, 2011|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|1 Comment

American moms aren't the only ones who get all fired up about politics.  With Canadian elections coming up next week, mothers up north are voicing their views on what's happening in their country.  I'm excited to have as my guest Mother of Intention Annie from PhD in Parenting -- a woman many of us know [...]

22 10, 2010

If You Don’t Vote ….

By | October 22nd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

If you don't vote in the 2010 mid-term elections .... ... Nevada could have a senator who is out of touch with the issues of her state's immigrant population and believes any girl or woman who is raped should be forced to carry the rapist's child because, after all, it's better to make lemonade out [...]

6 10, 2010

This “Weary Working Mom” is Weary of Labels

By | October 6th, 2010|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

I thought it was safe to jump back into the political mom waters after a GOP pollster who's talking about what "Walmart" moms are thinking this election season tried to smack me down on CNN last week -- you know, that whole, 'Ha! Moms aren't influencers!' shtick. But now comes a new and improved attempt [...]

11 02, 2010

Sufferin’ Till Suffrage

By | February 11th, 2010|Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard|0 Comments

While doing some research for the Mothers of Intention book, I came across the Schoolhouse Rock videos on government and our political system.  I thought at least for my friends who are still snowbound on the East Coast, this could provide a little diversion for the kids! ;)

4 11, 2008

On My Way to Vote With the Flu!

By | November 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

All I can say is WTF?I was fine last night, all ready to talk politics on a local DC TV station tonight. Woke up this morning with so many aches and symptoms that it's going to take every last ounce to actually get to the polls.But I have a little information (thanks to The Motherhood) [...]

2 11, 2008

I’ll Gladly Give You a Chance to Win an Election Day Gift Bag on Tuesday for your Voting Story Today!

By | November 2nd, 2008|Moms & Politics|14 Comments

Yes, that's a really tortured Wimpy reference, but bear with me!I'd like to collect as many good and bad voting stories as possible for upcoming posts and I'm willing to give you a chance at some cool swag in exchange!Leave a detailed comment about your voting experiences -- good or bad, early, absentee or Election [...]

24 10, 2008

Taking Our Daughters to the Polls

By | October 24th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

I wish there was early voting in my state. If there was, I would take advantage of it, especially so it would be easier to take PunditGirl, now a third-grader, to the polls with me to vote. She's still going with me, but we may have to stand in line for a while to make [...]

25 07, 2008

Opted, Pushed or Just Plain Not Welcome?

By | July 25th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|4 Comments

It's the economy, stupid.No matter how we parse it, so many things seem to come back to that famous Bill Clinton campaign mantra. It's still the economy in terms of major issues in this election. And now, it is apparently the economy when it comes to women leaving the workplace.Not babies. Not unfulfilled June Cleaver [...]

8 07, 2008

For the First Time in My Life, I Might Not Vote

By | July 8th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|34 Comments

I was sad that my big "debut" interview with Good Morning, America didn't run (breaking news over the course of several days bumped it and made it "old" news).The topic was whether Hillary Clinton supporters would really cross-over and vote for John McCain. The reporter asked me, "So do you think all the talk on [...]

15 02, 2008

How Many Ways Are There to Look at Women Voters?

By | February 15th, 2008|Making Our Political Voices Heard|10 Comments

In last week's New York Times Magazine article 16 Ways of Looking at a Female Voter, controversial author Linda Hirshman pointed to many studies and analyses that supposedly support the premise that, even though there have been many attempts to rally and organize women as a voting bloc, there has been little success.Why? According to [...]

9 01, 2008

7.6 Million Women Voters Being Ignored

By | January 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|6 Comments

In 2004, George Bush beat out John Kerry for the White House by just over three million votes.The 2008 race is bound to be a close one, as well. I know the candidates have been a little preoccupied with Iowa and New Hampshire, but with a margin of victory so slim, wouldn’t you think that the candidates would be interested in over seven and a half million women who will probably be voting?Catherine Morgan at Informed Voters can’t believe that those of us who write and read blogs are being ignored by the candidates.And Erin at Queen of Spain is banging her head against the internet firewall.Why? […]

30 08, 2007

Homemakers But Not Opinion Makers?

By | August 30th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|11 Comments

Mothers, however we define ourselves in terms of our employment, are not viewed by the world at large as opinion makers.I had this sad revelation while the PunditMom family was away on vacation and I continued to stew about the lack of coverage or interest the media and the presidential candidates had when it came [...]

20 08, 2007

$27 = Political Influence

By | August 20th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|11 Comments

Would you be willing to give up your Decaf LowFat Caramel Macchiato with Extra Foam for a week? Many of us have so few personal indulgences, the thought of going caffeine-free for a week could be tough, especially for those who are newly sleep-deprived.Think you could do it if that meant having a real voice [...]

3 08, 2007

is "mother's milk" trumping the mommy-blogger?

By | August 3rd, 2007|Uncategorized|5 Comments

I'm David Wescott, the political hack/PR flack who blogs about blogging at It's Not a Lecture, and I'm so grateful to PunditMom for letting me borrow her soapbox today.One of the things I do is track the issues-based discussions of various segments of the blogosphere, and I was struck by PunditMom's recent post about the [...]

10 07, 2007

Are We Hillary's Peeps?

By | July 10th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|11 Comments

Cross-posted from Work It, Mom!Yes, Hillary is ahead of her opponents in some of the polls -- at the moment. And the reason she's ahead is because more Democratic women voters favor her as a presidential candidate than any of the men of her party who are running. But take a closer look, and there's [...]

9 07, 2007

The Real Question is 'Why?'

By | July 9th, 2007|Making Our Political Voices Heard|2 Comments

I'm midway through an interesting book called If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear. Melinda Henneberger, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, traveled around the country interviewing a variety of women to get their input on what's important to them politically.For political junkie like me, it's a great [...]