Women in Politics


Hillary’s Emails: Scandal or Smear?
06 Mar 2015

Hillary’s Emails: Scandal or Smear?

Republicans got a huge assist from mainstream media this week in their quest to smear Hillary Clinton, thereby arresting her path to the Presidency in 2016.  Press outlets, led by familiar Hillary-bashers MSNBC and The New York Times employed questionable reporting in an effort to manufacture scandal out of Hillary’s private email use during her time as Secretary of State.  Facts can be inconvenient things:...

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Hillary in Fine Form at Emily’s List Gala
04 Mar 2015

Hillary in Fine Form at Emily’s List Gala

Hillary Clinton’s speech at Emily’s List 30 Year Gala Tuesday night revealed a woman at the top of her game, relaxed, warm and on message as she offered up a preview of her likely Presidential campaign themes. Pushing equal pay for women, and paid leave, for example, she employed the same logic she used as Secretary of State in countries where the moral argument might...

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23 Feb 2015

Oscars Activism: Right or Wrong?

By now, Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech on behalf of women’s equality has gone viral. As much applause as she received for her remarks, the backlash has been loud, too, i.e., she was wrong because her speech excluded certain groups, because she is wealthy, because she only spoke of mothers. Whether or not Arquette erred in making her statement during an Awards telecast, by expecting her...

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Republicans’ Hillary Bashing is a Mistake
17 Feb 2015

Republicans’ Hillary Bashing is a Mistake

The latest Hillary-bashing from Republicans hungry to win the White House in 2016 is the “Hillary’s Hiding” campaign, anchored by RNC billboards charging that Secretary Clinton is afraid to weigh in on economic and foreign policy issues. Republicans who complain incessantly that Hillary sucks up all the air in the room only to do an about face when she, still a private citizen, shuns the...

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29 Oct 2014

To Politicians, Your Silence Equals a Yes Vote

The midterm elections are upon us and famously have lower turnouts, but it’s more important than ever to vote.  Midterms may not be as sexy.  But they matter.  If you get even one person into office who’s better than the suit currently there, you’ve made a difference…so share my PSA: To politicians, your silence equals “yes.” Make your voice heard. Share and vote!


27 Oct 2014

Did Renee Zellweger and Frances McDormand Capture Our Struggle with Aging?

I recently asked if we are now a Botox Nation, preferring Barbie and Ken’s wrinkle-free faces, boobs of steel that say Hi! to the ceiling and six pack abs to a less glamorous reality. It was both surprising and encouraging that so many readers voiced their objections to the lack of value our society places on those who age “gracefully” – or at least naturally.  Teacher...

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Have We Become a Botox Nation?
21 Oct 2014

Have We Become a Botox Nation?

Oscar and Tony award winning actress Frances McDormand has always relied on her immense talent, remaining committed to a Botox-free existence.  At 57, she saw the need to develop her own material since the film industry has no hunger to portray women of a certain age, as if “older” should mean “unseen.”  Soon to star as the prickly “Olive Kitteridge” in the HBO miniseries she...

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The Good Wife’s Bad Political Stunt Casting
29 Sep 2014

The Good Wife’s Bad Political Stunt Casting

I have long been a fan of CBS’ The Good Wife.  Yet, the quality of the actors and the show notwithstanding, I take exception t0 producers’ political stunt casting.  The Good Wife is one several shows to hire real world political operatives to play themselves, so it is by no means the only culprit, just the most recent. Their choice to cast Valerie Jarrett, arguably President Obama’s closest and most...

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Sexism in the Senate? Do Tell…
04 Sep 2014

Sexism in the Senate? Do Tell…

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, once famously called “the Senate’s hottest member” by Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has a book coming out this month entitled “Off the Sidelines.”  In it, she shares that she has had to put up with sexual harassment and “fat shaming” from other male Senate colleagues and Congressmen.  The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus shares a few of the...

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23 Jul 2014

Will Women Decide the 2014 Elections? Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Discuss 7/22/2013

It is always my privilege to be a guest on the top rated Jerry Doyle Show.  Jerry and I debate the power of women in the upcoming midterms, some risky Senate races and why women don’t give more dough politically.  Often, money equals influence so its important for women to find new ways to make themselves heard. For some background on the changing fortunes of...

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