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When I asked some of the volunteers at the Democratic National Convention about Barack Obama's acceptance speech being moved from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the more weather-friendly Charlotte Convention Center, I could see the disappointment on their faces. They've been working long hours all week, helping things go smoothly, cheerfully directing delegates and those of us in the press and bloggy world to get to where we needed to go with as few hitches as possible....more
The 2012 election is about jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And the economy. That's what everyone says, and that's what many convention speeches are about. But what jobs? For which segments of the population? Working parents? Kids just out of college? Students trying to work their way through college? Or high school grads just trying to find a good-paying position?
It's all well and good to talk about the need for jobs, but it's clear that American want some specifics.
It's 2012, and I hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed ringing in the New Year, especially as it promises to be a truly interesting one on the election front! I hope you're enjoying BlogHer's "Why I'm Political" series, as I get to talk with women bloggers from around the web about what they're focused on now that the 2012 presidential primary season is in full swing....more
This month for the Why I'm Political series, interviewing bloggers about the issues that matter to them, I was pleased to talk with Ilina Ewens of Dirt & Noise. Ilina once wrote about having to explain to her two young sons the importance of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law -- so I wasn't surprised that she had a lot to say about being a politically minded woman!...more
Welcome to the second post in Why I'm Political, a series spotlighting thoughtful women sharing what motivates them to write publicly about issues they care about -- and what they're focused on as we enter the 2012 election season. This month, Jaelithe Judy of A State of Discontent had a few things to say about childhood poverty, food safety, getting political with friends and family, and who she thinks should be the first woman president -- all in her always thoughtful and eloquent style.
I'm excited to welcome you to the first in Why I'm Political, a series of interviews with women from around the web who don't usually write about the political world -- but, when they dipped their toes in those waters, wrote some amazing essays! For those of us who spend time hanging around the web, it's not a surprise that women have found new empowerment through social media tools, including their blogs, to write about topics they might not have before. And while there aren't all that many women who write about politics as their main focus, women who are writing about their lives in powerful and passionate ways do find themselves weighing in on important issues....more
When you get an invitation to the White House, you go.
Especially when the occasion is the White House Women's Entrepreneurship Conference and the release of new data on how women business owners have been faring since the late 1990s, as well as new efforts to support women in their efforts to create successful businesses.
The primary phase of midterm elections is usually considered to be a snooze-fest by journalists and politicos. But not this year. Aside from the attention that Sarah Palin has drawn for the Tea Party, Christine O'Donnell -- and her win in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Delaware formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden -- has given us pundits more than enough to write about between now and November!
California First Lady Maria Shriver says we're now living in a Woman's Nation -- women make up half the work force, the majority of mothers are the main breadwinners or co-breadwinners of their families and women are in charge of 80% of the high ticket item household spending. That, says Shriver, is some power we need to grab by the horns!...more