Joanne Bamberger is a recovering attorney, politically progressive mom AND political analyst living in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She’s also known around the blogosphere as PunditMom! PunditMom blog is the home of op-ed commentary by Joanne, who is also a freelance writer and former op-ed columnist for The Washington Examiner. A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, as well as MomsRising, MOMocrats and D.C. Metro Moms. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News, ABC.com, BBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera English & XM Radio POTUS ‘08, among others. E-mail Joanne at email@example.com about press availability, speaking appearances and freelance opportunities. Joanne speaks frequently at conferences and to private groups about the growing influence of women/mothers in politics and social media. She has presented and participated in panels at Netroots Nation, the Feminist Majority Foundation, BlogHer ‘08, BlogHer DC ‘08, Fem 2.0, Type-A Mom Conference, WAM! 2009, the Women’s Media Center and others. Joanne was in the inaugural class of the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center. She is the author of the book, Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America.
Joanne Bamberger is a recovering attorney, politically progressive mom AND political analyst living in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She’s also known around the blogosphere as PunditMom!PunditMom blog is the home of op-ed commentary by Joanne,
Blog Post List
March 12, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in PunditMom . Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest-profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer , Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, women in the workplace will remake themselves in their C-Suite images which, sadly, is looking like something from the 1980's movie Working Girl . Their sentiments sound an awful lot like what I heard as a young journalist and then as a new...
May 18, 2011
A couple of months ago, I wondered what would happen for about 1.5 million women when the Supreme Court got its hands on the class-action, gender-discrimination lawsuit against corporate giant Wal-Mart. That's the approximate number of plaintiffs in the case who have alleged they've been victims of institutional efforts by Wal-mart to promote men over women and systematically pay women less than men for decades. Technically, the only issue to be determined by the Supreme Court is whether a class of plaintiffs can be this big. That's some good, wonky procedural stuff for recovering lawyers...
October 12, 2010
Sometimes it's easy to forget that I live in a world of relative privilege. No, I'm not a millionaire or getting ready to jet off to any exotic location for the holidays (though I did see some interesting "wildlife" in South Beach while attending a recent conference !). In my suburban neighborhood, even with cutbacks and belt-tightening, we've got good schools, libraries and lots of resources for our children. In many inner city neighborhoods in America, that's not the case, and it's often the fault of adults who have other agendas. I was shocked when my political gal pal Veronica Arreola,...
June 29, 2010
I don't think I've ever specifically said that 'Walmart moms' are the key to the 2010 election. But there have been plenty of studies showing that women in general, and mothers in particular, hold a lot of sway not just with household spending, but also at the ballot box . The release of Walmart's study for the 2010 election entitled, "Who Can Win the Walmart Mom?" takes a look at not just mothers, but also who fits the demographic mold of a typical Walmart customer and what those women are concerned about when deciding how to vote in November. While much of what's in the report didn't come...
April 6, 2010
White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, white guy, white guy, white guy who looks like he just ate a sour pickle. That's my one line description of the health care summit the president called when pulling out all the stops to try, in the spirit of harmony and peace, to meet with Republicans to fix a very broken health care system. Or, should I say, it was a genius photo-op event to portray the President as the calm voice of reason while at the same time making the GOP sweat about how this was playing back at home with the constituents?...
April 22, 2009
My word of the day is "irony." I was supposed to attend the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing about updated guidance on caregiver discrimination in the workplace to live blog it for MomsRising. Then my nine-year-old daughter got sick and was home from school, so I couldn't attend.
March 4, 2009
Lisa Pagan, a former active duty member of the Army and mother of two toddlers, was called up from the "ready reserves" to report for duty this week for possible deployment to Iraq. She told the Army that she had no one to care for her small children if she was sent overseas because of her husband's travel work schedule.
November 30, 2008
I'm not an economist, and I don't play one on TV.
November 3, 2008
Over the summer, I took eight-year-old PunditGirl to see the Meet Kit, American Girl movie . For the uninitiated, Kit is the Depression-era girl whose dad loses his job, moves away to look for work and the family ends up taking in boarders and keeping chickens to sell eggs to make ends meet.
October 20, 2008
As the mother of a daughter, there are things I want for my eight-year-old especially when she becomes a woman -- things that I was lucky to have, but that generations before me didn't. Interestingly, John McCain, as the father of daughters, doesn't seem to want those same things.
June 11, 2008
Laws are nice, but they don't always work. The Fair Pay Act is a prime example. In 1963, Congress passed the Fair Pay Act, a gesture seemingly ahead of its time. From that moment forward, women and men would get paid the same for equal work. Today, 45 years later, I'm still waiting.
May 19, 2008
Barack Obama says the way to help out the average American is with tax cuts and credits.
December 10, 2007
Workplace discrimination against women, especially those with any sort of care-giving responsibilities, can be subtle. But sometimes it's so obvious, all you can do is shake your head like Scooby-Doo and say, "RUH??"
November 15, 2007
The scenario most working mothers fear happens when they least expect it. You've managed to transform your home into a well-oiled machine -- the nanny or sitter arrives in time for you to head out to the office, deal with rush hour traffic, grab a cappuccino and be at your desk milliseconds before your boss walks by your door.
October 11, 2007
Jeffrey Toobin is talking about The Nine. I want to talk about The Fifteen. To override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP -- State Children's Health Insurance Program -- bill, only 15 Republicans need to move their support over to the Democrats.