Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons Mele is the founder of Women Online, a consulting firm for companies, not for profits and political campaigns seeking to mobilize women online. She is a blogger and former political consultant. Morra’s Internet experience spans politics and the private sector. She is the Co-Founder of the non-profit Role/Reboot. During the 2004 Presidential Election, Morra was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee. Morra worked in various roles at leading online companies, including iVillage.com and iVillage UK. Morra has degrees from Harvard and Brown University. She is active in local politics, and represented Washington, DC’s ANC for Ward 2B. She lives near Boston with her husband, children, and menagerie.

Could You Go a Year Without New Clothes or Cosmetics?

[How many of you made resolutions to spend less or consume less in 2014? Morra's done it twice -- read on for her plan for how to go without new clothes and cosmetics and check out the link to BlogHer News Section Editor Grace Hwang Lynch's own similar experiment. - Rita] ...more
This is my second time around too. 2012 was the first year I gave up shopping. And I'm trying ...more

What President Clinton, Maternal Health and Blogging Have in Common

In the past 11 years, the Clinton Global Initiative, led by former President Bill Clinton, has commanded 194 "commitments" -- promises from corporations, NGOs, and world leaders -- totaling $6.5 billion in aid given to make the world a better place. This year, almost 32% of the commitments directly impact women and girls....more
That's the plan behind Kiss Chronicles. Working on liftoff. RT @BlogHer Do you use your blog ...more

Social Media, Gender, and Revolution

It's been amazing to see how the aftermath of what is called the Arab Spring has allowed gender norms of Egyptian women to start shifting. At least, that is how it’s portrayed in the Western media....more
There's a link in the post to Mona Eltahawy. Watch it becasue she is a true revolutionary...a ...more

How Much Is a Babysitter Worth to Your Health & Marriage?

A small hint of silver lining to the Great Recession is that the national average for an hour of babysitting has decreased by 50 cents from $9.80 in 2008 to $9.30 in 2011, according to Care.com. This rate, however, varies wildly by location, and many of us in major metropolitan areas pay between $12-$16 an hour for sitting. In Boston, the country’s most expensive childcare market, I’ll pay between $15-$17 an hour for an occasional sitter....more
I recently moved from Boston to the bay area - glad that you included these 2 locales in the ...more

Personal Democracy Forum 2011: Women Out in Front

Being at a tech conference that was 50% women speakers felt different. When the women get up on stage and talk about concepts I don’t understand, I know things are shifting. At Personal Democracy Forum 2011 (PDF) in New York City the ratio of female to male speakers was 47% to 53%. PDF is a forum where activists, intellectuals and policymakers from all over the world gather to explore the digital age’s impact on governance and society. ...more

Woot! and Hear! Hear! I cannot understand why everyone isn't commenting. Such an essential ...more

The Price of Sex vs. the End of Men

Much in the same way we’re questioning whether the state of our political discourse is turning us into more violent, less kind people, I’m questioning whether the way we talk and write about male-female relationships is making us heartless. ...more

Couldn't agree that we need a new discourse on gender roles and relationships. See my series on ...more

Screw Work Life Balance: We Need Work Life Policy! Here's All You Need to Know to Join the Movement at BlogHer

For over two years, The Four Hour Work Week has been a national bestseller. Why? Because most of us resent feeling tethered to our jobs and we know we could still do great work even if we had the ability to control our schedules and factor family needs into our day.  We are grown ups: why don’t employers get it? ...more
I was just about to add a link to Riane Eisler's Caring Economy Campaign address for free ...more

You and the Power Players: Using LinkedIn to Build Your Network and Personal Brand

LinkedIn isn’t Facebook -- and that’s a good thing. LinkedIn’s audience is older, richer, better educated and more male than both Twitter and Facebook’s -- basically a reflection of who holds the power in business. While it may be annoying from a social perspective, when you’re networking, having access to this power base is quite helpful. ...more

I was actually just thinking today how ancient my LinkedIn is. I mean, really really old. I ...more

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Childcare on Kids?

It is difficult to write anything objective about childcare when you are a parent who makes use of childcare. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a day when I don’t question if I’m doing the right thing by allowing my son to be raised 35 hours a week by someone else. I am the norm: mine is one of the eighty-nine percent of children younger than five with employed mothers who is in a regular child care arrangement. When I heard there was a major new study about the long-term effects of care on kids, I needed to read it. And the minute I read the study, I knew what the headline in the media would be “Day care increases risk taking in children, study finds.”  ...more
There are job situations where you can bring your children with you which is what I did. I ...more

Babies: The Movie and the Weirdness of American Infancy

I saw the Baby, (Official title, Babies: The Movie). If you are currently lactating or plan to be soon or if you have baby fever, run to the cinema. ...more

I'm looking forward to seeing this movie. Shortly before our son was born, my husband and I ...more