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Morra Aarons-Mele
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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. 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 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.

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Security Moms: Use Your Power to Fight Gun Violence

(46) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 2:10 PM

"Republicans Hope for a Boost from 'Security Moms', says the Wall St Journal.

"Signs are emerging of the return of "security moms," the women who moved toward the GOP after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks... These women were credited with helping to deliver seats to the Republican...

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The Kitchen Table Rules the World

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:15 PM

"Kitchen table issues" sound quaint, but they are anything but. Here's my cloudy crystal ball: during the 2016 election cycle, the real locus of electoral power will reveal itself: the issues that we talk about together, as families or couples or on late at night phone calls, often in our...

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The Worrywort's Guide to Keeping Three Kids Safe

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 7:57 PM

A couple years ago, I spent an hour frantically picking up hearing aid batteries from our carpet. My husband's grandfather has been visiting, which was wonderful. He also left four tiny little hearing aid batteries scattered around the floor, which was possibly life threatening for my 2-year-old, who could see...

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I Love LA, But Not the Low Vaccination Rates

(14) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:39 PM

When Kathryn Alcaide gave birth to her first son Brady in November of 2011, she described him as a happy and healthy baby. Alcaide has two older daughters and wasn't daunted by the early weeks of parenthood. Everything seemed to go as expected. That is, until Brady got a cold...

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Hillary, Please Lead on Climate Change

(48) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 10:11 AM

"We don't have time - particularly as mothers -- to wait on anyone else. Delay has a direct impact on the future my children will have - and that's not acceptable to me." -- Letha Tawney

This week, by reaching an agreement on emissions with China, President Obama opened a...

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Finally: A Solution to Your Outrage About the State of Women's Rights

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Here's a test, in three YouTube-friendly steps. Watch these videos and consider how you feel about the state of women's rights in our country:

1) In the aftermath of the release of horrifying footage of football player Ray Rice beating his fiancee unconscious, we've seen the shockingly inappropriate response of...

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I'm Done With Women's Issues

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Women are hot. Policymakers, businesses and organizations -- even Republicans -- are singling out the need to champion issues especially crucial to women. I certainly welcome this but I question whether we're missing the forest for the trees. Women are not an interest group and the time for framing "women's...

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Georgia, Gender Violence, Guns

(87) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:43 PM

With his new book, President Jimmy Carter has issued a "call to action" on global, pervasive inequality and violence against women, calling violence against women the "most pervasive human rights violation in the world." And yes, I'd have to agree violence that is inflicted on a group that...

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Where Are the Women in White?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Wednesday, at the award winning Rialto restaurant in Cambridge, MA, I have the pleasure of speaking on a panel concerning women, media, and the food industry. In particular, we'll be talking about why women chefs are missing from the picture in a time when food and cooking is...

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Choice and the Age of Peak Child

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Planning for a better future and believing your child will live is an afterthought for most American parents. Most American mothers are free from worrying that their child will die an untimely death from injury or disease -- much less a preventable ailment like diarrhea, which kills over

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Glamour and Gun Violence

(54) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Last night, I had the honor of attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Among all the incredible women honored, from Lady Gaga to Malala Yousefzai to Barbra Streisand, one blood-chilling theme ran through: the impact of gun violence on innocent bystanders.

I'm sure this wasn't a...

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Paying for the Life Reinvented

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:16 PM

I'm 36 years old. By all measures, I'm still pretty young. So, why am I starting to think about long-term care planning? Just the terms "financial planning" and "end of life care" cause such anxiety for many of us. But taking charge of these and other issues that come up...

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The Audacity of Audacity: Entrepreneurs Must Be Crazy

(8) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 6:50 PM

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Small Business Week. Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes America's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Women own more than 7.8 million small businesses, accounting for nearly one-third...

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Behind a Healthy Woman, there's Girls and Men

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 9:41 AM

What do "husband schools" have to do with saving women's lives? That is my favorite quote from the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the largest global health event of the decade.

Coming from a US political climate where women's most basic sexual rights are...

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What's on Your Life List?

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:15 AM

The concept of the bucket list and the life list has grown in popularity as our sheer options for life abound. In the midst of feeling overwhelmed -- the average American receives over 100,000 words of information a day-- writing down a few simple phrases has huge power...

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Mom Blogging for Good Karma

(6) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 7:38 PM

The Mom 2.0 Summit, which I just attended, got a lot of snark from the Wall St Journal. On some level, I could understand the snark when seen from an outsider's point of view. Blogger conferences are indeed full of people vying for product endorsement deals. So is...

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Eating at The Ritz, on $1.50 a Day

(7) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM

The inequality of wealth and poverty in the world is extremely apparent when it comes to one of our most basic needs: food. Could you live on just $1.50 per day? For the 1.4 billion people who live in the most extreme poverty -- what the World Bank

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When Caring Costs Too Much

(14) Comments | Posted March 23, 2013 | 3:34 PM

We've all now thought about Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sandberg encourages women to take on greater responsibility in the workplace and improve their leadership potential. But here's an interesting statistic in the context of all the discussion of whether women should...

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Each One Reach One: Social Media GOTV

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:54 PM

If you volunteer on a field operation for a political campaign, you'll hear the mantra "each one reach one."

Turns out, we can use our social media networks to influence friends and followers to vote. I've heard from many of friends online -- Ananda Leeke teaching a #yogaforobama class/fundraiser...

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The Year Climate Change Became Real to Me

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 3:52 PM

It started this summer... conversations on the playground, on my favorite blogs, at work: Is this climate change? The hottest summer on record, Midwest tornadoes and floods, out-of-control forest fires. And this after a summer hurricane (Irene) and freak ice storm on Halloween 2011 had crippled my suburban Boston neighborhood...

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