I sometimes use my experiences as PunditGirl's mother as a lens through which to view issues that are important to me. But PunditGirl isn't the only daughter in my life. I also have two adult step-daughters. They don't need me much at this stage of the game -- they're women with their own professional lives and relationships and, yes, one of them is married with a toddler of her own -- another girl.
The presence of three different generations of girls in my life colors how I view this day -- Women's Equality Day -- that many are celebrating. And it's not a happy color. I was tempted not to write anything about Women's Equality Day because, in all honesty, I can't think about it without laughing and crying at the same time.
Equality? We're not even close.
Sure, we've come a long way, as the saying goes, but that doesn't acknowledge just how far we still have to go for anything resembling true equality for women in America. President Obama issued a proclamation yesterday stating that
Blog Posts by Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom
I sometimes use my experiences as PunditGirl's mother as a lens through which to view issues that are important to me. But PunditGirl isn't the only daughter in my life. I also have two adult step-daughters. They don't need me much at this stage of the game -- they're women with their own professional lives and relationships and, yes, one of them is married with a toddler of her own -- another girl.Read More »from Why I'm Not Celebrating Women's Equality Day
The Supreme Court has told one and a half million women who work at Wal-mart, in essence, be grateful you have jobs even if you make less money and get promoted less than men. Now, shut up and go home.Read More »from Supreme Court Tells Working Women to Go Home
That was the practical upshot of the ruling in the highly-watched case Dukes v. Wal-mart.
I used a similar phrase a short time ago when SCOTUS declined to hear the appeal of the Texas cheerleader who was dismissed from her high school squad for refusing to cheer for the student who had allegedly raped her. The denial of SCOTUS upheld the message sent by the lower courts -- as a cheerleader, you're a hand-picked mouthpiece for the school's message, so you have to say what they tell you to say (even about your attacker) or get out.
Now, in the most activist judicial move I've seen in a long time, the Supreme Court dismissed the class action suit Dukes v. Wal-mart sending that same message to the women of Wal-mart by ruling that a class of 1.5 million plaintiffs was just too big for
- Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 3, 2011 4:55 PM EDT
Congressman Anthony Weiner is having the worst week of his political life.
It seems that his enemies got a hold of some "naughty" close-up photos of a crotch they claim is his and then tried to get people to believe that Weiner was tweeting the pic to unsuspecting co-eds. It looks like the part about Weiner being the one sending the photo around turned out to be false, as did the allegation that he was sort of stalking some woman with the photos. But the media cannot get enough of this story about the Congressman's weiner (sorry, I had to) in the same way my fifth-grade daughter and her classmates are obsessed with discovering all the slang terms for that part of the male anatomy.
I'm sure Congressmen Weiner is a smart guy and, at 46, I'm sure he's learned a thing or two about how things work in Washington. But I think he needs a little refresher course to get through this faux-scandal that the right will surely use through the 2012 election in one way or another to paint theRead More »from Top Five Life Lessons for Congressman Anthony Weiner
If you've got the word "mom" in the name of your blog, Mother's Day becomes a time of year when you're the most popular gal in your corner of the blogosphere. Many PR and marketing people pay scant attention to the actual content of your site -- if it says "mom" anywhere, your E-mail in-box is inundated with solicitations to attend events or write about promotions for everything from dolls to diapers, and nutrition to nanny services.Read More »from Moms Are So Popular on Mother's Day!
Usually I just delete the missives while shaking my head over the lack of homework by some promoters , but sometimes I can't help myself and I get a little snarky, invoking the idea of my bloggy friend The Bloggess and her extremely effective reminder of the non-sequitur of Wil Wheaton collating papers. (One recent PR person I sent the link to with a polite note reminding her about the fact that I don't write a parenting blog was not amused.)
So aside from the fact that Mother's Day already is an overly-commercial time when our families are guilted into
When The Clean Air Act was signed into law back in the peace, love and flower-child days of the 1970s, I'm sure there were plenty of parents who believed their children and grandchildren would be able to inhale a little deeper and breathe a little easier as they grew up. But in the decades since its passage, air pollution has continued to be a source of concern, not just to have bluer skies, but also to cut the numbers of premature deaths, respiratory illnesses and missed days of work that can be attributed to dirty air.
It just seemed to make common sense, after all - coal-powered and oil-powered fuel plants spew smoke and chemicals, including mercury, into the air we all breathe.
Social momentum and true bipartisan negotiation led to the groundbreaking clean air law. It was a good starting point, but some things got derailed along the way. George W. Bush became President and he and his 'less government regulation is better' administration repealed part of the law, replacing itRead More »from Moms Can Make the Air a Little Cleaner
Barack Obama was "henpecked" into our involvement in the current Libyan conflict by three scheming women.
That's the meme started by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and continued by MSNBC's Chris Matthews and others about reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and presidential adviser Samantha Power were a nagging triumvirate of estrogen that forced President Obama into sending U.S. troops to Libya in a humanitarian effort to prevent power-hungry dictator Muammar Qadafi from killing his own people. Inside the beltway publication Politico kept the whole 1950s vibe alive by asking, "Boys against girls over Libya?" Even the Christian Science Monitor got in on the gender wars action as it tried to dissect the Libya decision.
There are many things to lament about the state of journalism -- or should I say "journalism" in big air quotes -- today, but reporters who perpetuate the idea that women can only convince men of their positions byRead More »from Is Barack Obama a Henpecked President?
- Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom | Moments Of Motherhood – Thu, Feb 10, 2011 7:06 PM EST
Navigating the treacherous waters of social media with an 11-year-old can be pretty scary. Even when I think things are under control, they really aren't. An e-mail account should be innocuous if I keep tabs on the messages, right? It is -- until she's allowed to access her E-mails on school computers and discovers the spam file.Read More »from Michelle Obama's Facebook Rule is Good Enough for Me
As for cell phones and PDAs? My husband and I don't see the need since there's a phone at school and, if she's off with the soccer team, the coach has a cell phone. I figure we don't need to go down the path of calling and texting before we have to. But according to our fifth-grader, I am the mean mom who will undoubtedly make sure she is THE VERY LAST person in her class to get a cell phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, iTouch or any other PDA device she can name. Even worse? I told her when she is old enough, in our opinion, to have her own phone, we're reactivating my old Razor. It's pink -- certain social death in her mind.
I know that my ability to keep
As a general matter, I enjoy reading the posts at Lisa Belkin's New York Times blog, Motherlode. I've met Lisa and she's a lovely person, a great writer and her column has interesting food for thought. But there are times when one of her blog topics misses the mark. Her recent column titled "The Mom Blog Jinx" is an example of one that I read and went, "HUH?"
Her theory is that there might be a curse associated with the world of mom blogging because there are numerous examples of bad things that have befallen bloggers who also happen to be mothers -- accidents, strokes, depression, cancer. The most recent example of that theory Belkin cites is a blogger who was one of the shooting victims in the Tucson rampage that took the lives of six people and in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot.
Belkin's theory bothers me for this reason -- it's taken so long for many women not only to find their voices, but to have a place to write about them in real and genuine ways,Read More »from The Flip Side of Lisa Belkin's "Jinxed" Theory
- Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom | Work + Money – Sun, Jan 9, 2011 7:10 PM EST
Before the horrendous assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting of 20 people, leaving six of them dead, Giffords knew that she had been specially marked by by her opponents. Tea Party conservatives wanted her out of office, even though she is a conservative Democrat, and weren't afraid to use thinly-veiled calls for violence against her to achieve their goal.
Her opponent in her 2010 Congressional race staged an event to "target" her by offering voters a chance to shoot an M16. Her Tucson office had been vandalized after her vote on the health care bill in March of last year, as had other Congressional offices. And Sarah Palin advocated for getting her out of office -- her PAC site posting a map of the country with a graphic of the cross-hairs of a gun-sight on each of the offices she wanted her chosen candidates to win, one of those being Giffords'. The Sarah Palin PAC site has taken down the map, but you can see it at her Facebook Fan Page.Read More »from The Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the Language of Violence
We try our best in our family to be kind to people throughout the year and make regular contributions to charities we believe in. If we have money or time to give, we usually have no problem figuring out how to use it. And we're a family that's all about the importance of everyday kindness -- saying 'please' and 'thank you' whenever the situation calls for it.Read More »from Who Knew Spending $100 Would Be So Hard?
So I was surprised at myself when the Yahoo! How Good Grows/Ripple of Kindness program offered to provide $100 for us to give away over the holiday season. The directive? Use it to help spread small acts of kindness in the hope that a 'pay it forward' ripple effect would be created, spreading increasing small acts of kindness to see how far it could go.
Initially, I was at a loss with how to spread that holiday kindness. There are so many people deserving of a little something extra -- some people need an extra hand, yet others could use a little extra appreciation for all the things they do for others throughout the year. I