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Crow After Roe: What You Should Really Know on Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary

January 21, 2013

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Robin Marty and Jessica Pieklo, two of my compatriots at our group project The Broad Side, have been working long and hard on their book about what has happened to women’s reproductive rights since the Supreme Court decision …

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Let’s Be Honest About Assault Weapons

January 18, 2013

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When I tried to explain to my seventh-grade daughter the details of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, I quickly realized by the semi-engaged look on her face that she knew a tragedy had occurred, but that she didn’t have …

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“Whose Child Has to Die Next?”: Gun Control in America

January 9, 2013

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Roxanna Green’s daughter, Christina, died in the shooting rampage that wounded Congresswoman Gabby Giffords two years ago at a town hall style event in Tucson, Arizona. While Green wrote a book about her daughter, she tried to stay out of …

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What We Learned in 2012: 2013, Here We Come?

December 20, 2012

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As we look back over the crazy political year that was 2012, and look over our shoulders just in that Mayan prediction about the end of the world is true, here are a few things to consider about what we …

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The “Morning After” Pill: Coming Soon to a Teen Near You?

November 28, 2012

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The Plan B contraceptive pill should be made available to teen girls under 17. That’s the new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and I agree wholeheartedly.   As far as I’m concerned, Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning …

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

October 26, 2012

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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 …

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Why I Can’t be a “Sh*tty Mom”

September 24, 2012

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Sh*tty moms unite! That’s the new message giving mothers a good, collective laugh these days. And I confess, I have absolutely NOTHING against so-called “sh*tty moms.” I have plenty of sh*tty motherhood moments that I could regale you with and …

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Ann Romney’s Political Mom “Stop It!” Moment

September 21, 2012

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  “Stop it! Stop it, RIGHT NOW!” What parent hasn’t had that moment of “I’m at the end of my rope” frustration with a tired or petulant child? You know you shouldn’t yell.  You know you’re supposed to remember all …

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Is “Mom-in-Chief” a Good Example for Our Daughters?

September 13, 2012

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When did women get to the point where they have to declare themselves moms above all else in order to be perceived as acceptable to the public? We heard it again and again and again at the presidential nominating conventions.…

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“Cult of Mom” Politics

September 11, 2012

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  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they’re moms. I’m not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it’s important. They …

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Mia Love: The Next Best Republican Hope

August 31, 2012

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Don’t we all love something new? Something hip and happenin’? Something that’s so fresh that even just talking about it makes you say, “Is that even possible?” That’s what the Republicans have in Mia Love, the mayor of the small …

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Delegate Moms: Where’s the Child Care?

August 28, 2012

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  As increasing numbers of women who have young children become involved in the political process, the issue of child care gets more attention. That’s good as far as it goes. But with the GOP Convention going on in Tampa …

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