Monthly Archives: February 2009

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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 [...]

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 [...]

12 02, 2009

We Still Have Political Opinions, Even After the Election!

By | February 12th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

Why did it take the nomination of Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate to get the mainstream media talking to women bloggers about politics?On the heels of McCain choosing the Alaska governor, networks were scrambling to talk to moms. So what better place to find us, I suppose, than here in the blogosphere. [...]

11 02, 2009

Bill O’Reilly vs. Helen Thomas

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

I don't want to stoop to Bill O'Reilly's level, but after he went on his Helen Thomas mock-fest this week, I think I might have to start. With a Democrat back in the White House, Helen Thomas got promoted back to her front row status, after being demoted to the back of the room in [...]

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 [...]