Michele Bachmann Newsweek Cover Photo: Sexist or Not?

Let's give you the basics to get the debate going -- because it is both evergreen and ever-important, especially for women who seek political office (or any visible position of leadership). Here's Newsweek's cover featuring Michele Bachmann this week:...more
Politics are so unfair to women. Sexism at its worst because only women suffer these acts. Its ...more

New Hampshire Republican Debate as Seen From the Left: Bachmann Wins

From the moment U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R, MN- 6) began to speak at the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary debate last night, the game to beat her was on. She immediately used her time to grab earned media through her announcement, on the air, that she was about to file the paperwork to run for U.S. president. Bachmann is the first female to do so since Hillary Clinton ran for the Democratic nod in 2007-2008....more

I hear you, I promise - I really really do. But it's totally up to us to be sure that for all ...more

(Live-Blog Event) Republican Primary Debate in New Hampshire

To some, this season is the end of school, start of summer season. But to me? It's the start of live-blogging season as CNN hosts tonight's Republican presidential primary debate. ...more

Media Declares Open Season on Political Spouses

The media may say that they're just reporting the news, but what signs of restraint or maturity have you seen in the coverage given to the numerous and varied "truth is stranger than fiction" tales of people married to politicians? Not much, given the recent Newsweek cover with the title "The Good Wife 2012."...more
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Today's NY-26 Vote: Women Are the Candidates and Issues (Not Image) Rule

In a special election to replace former member of Congress Chris Lee (who sent half-naked photos of himself over his cellphone), Western New York's 26th Congressional District is is voting on the issues today, thanks to two veteran woman candidates: New York State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R) and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul (D)....more

And I'd add that the tea party presence - compared to how it was in several elections in 2010 ...more

Bloggers React to Osama bin Laden's Death

Late last night (EST), United States President Barack Obama announced on television that American military forces located, fought with and killed Al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Bloggers and politicians all over the world are reacting today....more

Oy - as you may have read somewhere else in here, I think I reference that my younger brother ...more

Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and Performs the Duties of the Deputy Secretary, Rebecca M. Blank

Jobs. The economy. Small business. Start-ups. Venture capital. These perennial issues get a lot of play in posts and comments at BlogHer.com. Who better to add to the catalogue of information and affirmation about the role women have in those areas than Dr. Rebecca M. Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and performs the duties of the Deputy Secretary? ...more

Just keep these conversations going. Not enough women are engaged in this topic and it is so ...more

How Suburban Ohio Councilwoman Miesha Headen Got Elected

I still laugh when I think about how Miesha Wilson Headen, then a first-time candidate for and now an elected Richmond Heights councilwoman, and I met nearly two years. Although she approached me first to ask if I was who she thought I was, she is the one whom we should be approaching and listening to. ...more

Hillary Clinton: Secretary of No When It Comes to Future Plans with the Obama Administration, President

Mayor of Pepper Pike isn't quite the same as Secretary of State, but I've been saying no to whether I'll run for that office since the day three months ago that my mayor announced his decision not to run for a sixth term (he's been in our city's government for 36 years). So I have a teensy inkling of what it's like for Hillary Clinton to be asked, persistently, about future plans -- and to say "No, I won't." ...more

She would get so much support for doing something like that, instantly I bet.


Scalia: 14th Amendment Doesn't Protect Against Gender Discrimination

In the January 2011 edition of California Lawyer, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explains how the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution does not protect against sex discrimination....more

Yeah - you know - a galvinizing force - yin and yang - guess we really need that ...more