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Joanne Bamberger
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Joanne Bamberger is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and political/media analyst. She is the founder of the political blog, PunditMom, the Editor-in-Chief of The Broad Side, and is a contributor at POLITICO's Arena. A self-described "recovering attorney" and long-time broadcast journalist, Joanne's political commentary has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, XM Radio POTUS, BBC Radio,, USA Today, and others. Joanne speaks frequently at conferences about the growing political influence of women online, including Netroots Nation, EMILY's List, Activism + Media + Policy Summit, BlogHer, Campaign Tech Conference, and others.

Her Amazon best-selling book is Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America

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Saying Hillary Clinton Should Ditch Bill is Really Asking Once Again -- "Why Does She Stay?"

(18) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:50 AM

As Hillary Clinton is at the beginning of her second campaign for president, her husband Bill -- "42" in White House parlance -- appropriately has been laying low, presumably to let her gain the traction she needs to be her own candidate.

But a recent article in The New Republic...

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Betty Draper Is Finally Likable -- There's Just One Problem With That

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:14 PM

She wasn't the perfect mom. Maybe she was the anti-mom. But I loved Betty Draper for all her contradictions and imperfections. And she doesn't deserve her fate.

If you're a longtime fan of Betty Draper, raise your hand! No takers? OK, I admit Betty has a lot of flaws. A...

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10 Reasons We Need a Feminist 'Ghostbusters'

(123) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 8:36 AM

As a general rule, I hate Hollywood remakes. There is such a dearth of originality in Hollywood, that I cringe whenever I hear that someone is going to take an old idea, that was fabulous the first time around, and update it or, sometimes just copy it, to make a...

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Janay Palmer Rice: An Abuse Victim Taking the Blame

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:50 PM

When the domestic abuse story of Ray Rice and Janay Palmer first surfaced this summer, someone on the Baltimore Ravens' Twitter feed decided it was a good idea to suggest that maybe Janay, Rice's then-fiancee and now his wife,...

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Jill Abramson in Her Own Words: Women 'Get Autopsied in Ways Men Don't'

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of the New York Times, has been unceremoniously fired for reasons that are still unclear. Some say that after just a few years the publisher was unhappy with how she was performing her job, especially as the Times, like all other...

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Sheryl Sandberg Embraced 'the Bossy': Shouldn't Our Girls?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Sheryl Sandberg hates "bossy." She hates it so much, that she's launched a new campaign, endorsed by Beyonce, Jane Lynch and many others, to convince the world that things would be better for our daughters if only people just stopped calling girls with leadership potential "bossy."

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Can Our Kids Truly Understand Philip Seymour Hoffman's Fate?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:57 AM

My daughter's eighth grade science class was just finishing up a unit on drug abuse when I learned the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose.

Each student was given a drug to write about, which required research on how those drugs are abused and the...

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Steubenville Indictments: Beginning of the End of Rape Cover-up Culture?

(22) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine might just be the nation's newest champion when it comes to changing the culture of protecting schools and student athletes at the expense of sexual assault victims.

Last week DeWine announced four more grand jury indictments against school officials, including the Steubenville City Schools Superintendent...

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Judge Debra Nelson: They Loved Her for the Zimmerman Trial Until They Hated Her

(108) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 5:20 PM

When Debra Nelson, the Florida state court judge in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, was named as the replacement for the first judge that Zimmerman's defense team had removed, she was...

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Kamala Harris and the Minefields of Political Attractiveness

(28) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 2:10 PM

It's time to make a pact. From now on, if you are in a professional setting and you are thinking in your head, "Now that is one attractive man/woman/person/employee/colleague/business associate, etc." this is what you must do from this day forward --

Keep. It. To. Yourself.

This is especially important...

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Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: 'Lean In' and Get Your Butt to the Office!

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:54 PM

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,...

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Hillary Clinton Benghazi Hearing: Now With a Heaping Dose of Sexism!

(198) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:33 PM

I don't know why I'm still surprised by the sexism that continues to exist at media outlets today, especially when it comes to anything Hillary Clinton does or says. Even with analysts and talking heads proclaiming that she is the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and...

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TIME's Person of the Year: Why Not Malala?

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 3:53 PM

President Barack Obama is TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. Again.

I don't have anything against the president receiving the honor, but as I read the explanation for that choice, it occurred to me that if those on the panel choosing the honoree were...

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Fiscal Cliff? What Fiscal Cliff?

(32) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 7:25 AM

Mayday! Mayday! Watch out! There is a "fiscal cliff!" We're headed straight for it! It will be the ruin of all America!

Just as soon as the 2012 presidential election was over, media outlets had a huge vacuum to fill and nothing to fill it with, at least...

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Political Mothers: You're the Key to the White House

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 9:07 AM

I've gotten used to being scoffed at when it comes to my political bona fides. Because the word "mom" is in the name of my site, I'm often dismissed as someone who isn't focused on current events, our political climate or electoral events. I'm a mother, so I must only...

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Is My 12-Year-Old Too Young to Hear About Date Violence?

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:14 PM

Did anyone have a dating "talk" with you when you were a kid?

I don't mean "THE" talk; I mean a chat about things like how you should expect to be treated on a date -- what is and isn't OK for a person to say to you or do...

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Your Voice, Your Vote: 'Binders Full of Women' Will Make the Difference on Election Day

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 6:24 PM

"Binders full of women" have been the hot political topic of the week. Some observers have lamented that there are many more important things to be talking about -- like job reports, unemployment, Libya.

But when it comes to winning elections, nothing is more important than convincing...

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Binders Full of Women: Romney Still Struggles to Find Us Relevant

(24) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 5:21 PM

The blogosphere loves a good meme.

Who doesn't like a little Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling (especially that feminist Ryan Gosling!) or some bad-ass Texts from Hillary. They're good fun with a grain a truth -- women's collective love for both the hunky actor and the Secretary of State...

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Mitt Romney, Meet Marie Antoinette

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Ann can't help Mitt Romney anymore.

She tried to paint a portrait of a kinder and gentler Mitt at the Republican National Convention. Just a boy who wanted to date a girl. Just a dad devoted to his kids. Just a husband who would care for his ailing...

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With "Cult of Mom" Politics, Who Wins?

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they're moms. I'm not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it's important.

They did.

I'm the first person to applaud women who are mothers...

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