Monthly Archives: March 2012

30 03, 2012

“Sexy” President Obama?

By | March 30th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

Because this is just too fun not to watch ....

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? [...]

28 03, 2012

The Race Card & Trayvon Martin: Can We Even Start to Explain it to Our Kids?

By | March 28th, 2012|Making Our Political Voices Heard|3 Comments

  I'm certainly not the first to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and the question of how to talk about his killing, as well as the issue of race, with our kids. But as a white mother of an Asian daughter, I’m still struggling with exactly how to explain to her [...]

22 03, 2012

Mitt Romney and the Etch-a-Sktech: Not a Child’s Tale

By | March 22nd, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|1 Comment

Thank you for this, Rachel Maddow Show!

19 03, 2012

Michelle Obama: Middle Class Secret Weapon for 2012

By | March 19th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden is being touted as the Obama re-election campaign's secret weapon to connect with the all-important middle class vote.  But the VP isn't the only one with working class roots on the Obama team -- what about the First Lady? The Romney and Santorum campaigns are relying heavily on their First Ladies [...]

17 03, 2012

A Short, Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

By | March 17th, 2012|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Dear Hillary, I so loved your speech last week from the Women in the World conference, as well as Meryl Streep's brilliant introduction of you. You've had so many wonderful and inspiring moments as someone who has been a tireless champion for women around the world. I love this "best of" reel of just a [...]

16 03, 2012

Political Ambition and Women

By | March 16th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

As part of my ongoing duties over at iVillage iVote during the 2012 election, I get to be part of some amazing video conversations, like this one with iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and author/activist Gloria Feldt.  We had a great time dishing about why there aren't more women running for political office.  Lots of [...]

15 03, 2012

Slut or Snob: Which is the Bigger Political Badge of Honor?

By | March 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Did anyone seriously think that in 2012 we'd be calling people "snobs" for suggesting that every American child should have the opportunity to go to college?  Or that women taking responsibility for their "ladies' health" issues would be "sluts?" Maybe I've been taking this all wrong.  I've been all offended and hurty, when maybe I [...]

15 03, 2012

Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old

By | March 15th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

PunditGirl: Mom, why don't you and dad like Rick Santorum? Me: Well, remember a couple of years ago, when we talked about how babies get made? PunditGirl: Yeah .... Me: And remember how you got all worried and said, "But Mom, what if I don't want to have a baby?  What if I want to [...]

13 03, 2012

Leadership Through Women’s Compassion

By | March 13th, 2012|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Women in Politics|6 Comments

When it comes to Hillary Clinton most people have very strong feelings. Few people are lukewarm in their thinking about the former First Lady/U.S. Senator/presidential candidate/Secretary of State.  You either love her for all she's accomplished or hate her for how she's handled her marriage.  People love her for the boldness she exhibited in her [...]

9 03, 2012

Which Sarah Palin Do You Prefer?

By | March 9th, 2012|2012 election, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

If you're feeling a little rogue, get ready for more Mama Grizzly than you can stand because Sarah Palin is coming to multiple screens near you! As frustrated and conflicted Republicans are trying to choose a standard bearer to challenge President Obama, is it any coincidence that Palin's PAC has announced the re-release [...]

7 03, 2012

Super Tuesday and Mitt Romney: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

By | March 7th, 2012|2012 election, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

Mitt Romney was the big winner on Super Tuesday.  Or was he? Yes, he placed first in six of the ten state races. Yes, he came out on top in Ohio, the most watched contest of the night. But it's hard for anyone who's objective about the primaries and caucuses to say Romney got the [...]

7 03, 2012

Limbaugh Isn’t the Only One Mocking Women

By | March 7th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism|2 Comments

There's plenty of sexism and downright misogyny among talking heads and commentators to go around.  Neither the left not the right has a lock on who's worse.  As many people, including myself, have called out Rush Limbaugh for his recent remarks calling a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her [...]

6 03, 2012

Super Tuesday Plans? Hang Out With Me at iVillage iVote!

By | March 6th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|0 Comments

    All the political wonkiness is swirling around for Super Tuesday!  What's going to happen?  What will the results mean?  Who's in and who's out?  Third-party candidate here we come? If you're like me, you'll need someone to talk about all this with.  The solution?  Join me over at iVillage iVote!  I'm [...]

6 03, 2012

Rush Limbaugh & The GOP: You Can’t Take Back “Slut”

By | March 6th, 2012|Changing the World, Feminism, Women Online|14 Comments

The last two news cycles have been filled with reports of  Rush Limbaugh's  so-called "apology" to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.  No doubt, you've all heard by now that Limbaugh's faulty understanding of how the birth control pill works (Rush, it's not like Viagra, which we know you know a lot about), led him [...]

4 03, 2012

PunditMom Must-Reads of the Week

By | March 4th, 2012|2012 election, Adoption, Feminism, Politics, Women Online|0 Comments

It's hard not to get caught up in the whirlwind of the election cycle and the impending Super Tuesday contests.  But when I need a little break, I go looking for something to read that will get me centered again, and not so focused on politics.  Here are a few of my must-reads this week: [...]

3 03, 2012

Super Tuesday, Here We Come!

By | March 3rd, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|0 Comments

Buckle up, because the biggest day of the 2012 primary season is almost upon us.  Ten states will decide on Tuesday, March 6 who their favorite Republican candidate is.  Usually at least by Super Tuesday, we know which way the political winds are blowing.  But as with the Democratic party in 2008, things are still [...]

1 03, 2012

Democrats to Court Suburban Moms. Will the GOP Come Calling, Too?

By | March 1st, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mom Vote 2012, Moms & Politics, Politics, Women in Politics, Women Online|2 Comments

Women decide elections. That's a fact that's been proven by a variety of studies.  Yet, political parties and candidates often don't want to engage with women in any meaningful way.  And when it comes to women voters who happen to be moms, well, it's just been easier for so-called political masterminds to put [...]