Women in Politics


Hillary’s Nomination Fight Complicated by Media Expectations
11 Mar 2016

Hillary’s Nomination Fight Complicated by Media Expectations

The New York Times editorial board, after penning a glowing endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, now chastises her for going hard at her opponent Bernie Sanders at last Sunday’s debate.  If I have this correctly, Sanders can daily infer she is a corrupt oligarch – obfuscating her excellent record – and she must stand there while he does it, never attack him and make sure...

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Elizabeth Warren, Traitor to the Cause?
03 Mar 2016

Elizabeth Warren, Traitor to the Cause?

Looking at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Facebook page, you’d think she betrayed every one of her liberal values, since her account was overrun by hateful comments. Her crime: not endorsing Bernie Sanders. Some of his supporters seemed to blame her for his loss in the Massachusetts primary on Super Tuesday. Without discussing the merits of either Hillary or Bernie, counting on endorsements to pull a candidate...

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What the Big 5 Sunday Shows Tell Us About Who to Value
10 Jan 2016

What the Big 5 Sunday Shows Tell Us About Who to Value

Reporting for Rachel Maddow’s Blog, Steve Benen tallied political guests on the big five Sunday Talk Shows: “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday.” In 2015, Donald Trump made 36 appearances – or three Sundays every month for a year. A number of his “appearances” were by phone, but he still had a constant, free platform...

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Bring It, 2016!
31 Dec 2015

Bring It, 2016!

2015 went by like a speed bump. Is it that I just turned 57, so every year races by faster than the one before it? Is it the dense time suck of social media and the phone addiction I share with millions? The sense that I fell short of the goals I set for myself? Or that, once again, I’m at a crossroads; an odd...

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Hillary, You May Not Go To The Bathroom and Other Double Standards
23 Dec 2015

Hillary, You May Not Go To The Bathroom and Other Double Standards

The criticisms leveled at Hillary Clinton are in an orbit beyond familiar disparities in male vs. female candidates’ coverage and treatment. Last week, four of Bernie Sander’s campaign staffers “improperly accessed the Hillary Clinton campaign’s proprietary voter database” and downloaded private Clinton voter data. Sanders apologized for the breach during last Saturday’s debate. Hillary accepted, even while his campaign distracted from their actions by claiming...

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Can We Teach Legislators to Grow a Spine?
19 Jul 2015

Can We Teach Legislators to Grow a Spine?

South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne made a tearful plea from the floor of the House and begged her colleagues to “do something meaningful” and take down the Confederate flag. My co-host, media strategist Shawna Vercher pointed out that “Ms. Horne, as a Republican descendant of Jefferson Davis, has shifted the tone of a national conversation and obliterated the idea that this controversial issue was...

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Women are Fundraising Their Way to the Big Political Table
09 Jul 2015

Women are Fundraising Their Way to the Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one issue voters or a political football during election season. Women have typically been out-raised  by men by a ratio of 4 to 1. Is it...

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Feminism is Not the “F” Word: An Interview with Jennifer Hall Lee
28 May 2015

Feminism is Not the “F” Word: An Interview with Jennifer Hall Lee

Feminism is not the “F” word and feminists should not be stereotyped as the ball-busting, bearded, Birkenstock wearing sisterhood!  Disabusing wrong-headed notions about feminism is vital in understanding its benefits to society as well as the opportunities now available to women as a result. In a special edition of Dare We Say, I had an opportunity to interview award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Hall Lee, who reminds...

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Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?
21 May 2015

Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?

National Journal’s article that Some Male Members of Congress Won’t Be Alone with Female Staffers caused quite an uproar. This is a problem on both sides of the aisle, wherein “numerous women who work on the Hill say they’ve been excluded from solo meetings and evening events, a practice that could be illegal.” Author and commentator Anita Finlay says this is discriminatory and can also...

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Did Carly Fiorina Negate the Reason for Her Presidential Run?
08 May 2015

Did Carly Fiorina Negate the Reason for Her Presidential Run?

Carly Fiorina claims her presidential candidacy offers the unique perk that she can stop Hillary Clinton from playing the “gender card.” Yet in an interview with The Hill, Fiorina defended her “rocky tenure” as CEO of HP by agreeing that ‘underlying sexism contributed to her firing.’ She said, “There’s no question that women in positions of authority are scrutinized differently, criticized differently and characterized different.”...

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