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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 iVillage.com 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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I'm Done With Women's Issues

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 2:06 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 | 3:43 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 | 8:15 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 | 12:43 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 | 3:21 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 | 3:16 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 | 5:50 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 | 8:41 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 | 10:15 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 | 6:38 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 | 12:00 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 | 2:34 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 | 12:54 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 | 2:52 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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In Debate, Romney Teases on Workplace Flexibility

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 4:35 PM

On Tuesday night, Mitt Romney and President Obama met for the second of three presidential debates. During the town-hall-style debate, a young woman named Katherine Fenton asked a question about how each candidate would address the issue of pay equity -- "specifically regarding females making only 72 percent...

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Mitt Romney's Three Lies That Will Hurt American Women the Most

(9) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Last week, I watched as Mitt Romney stood on a stage and lied in front of millions of Americans during one of the most watched presidential debates in history. I've been so anxious -- and angry -- ever since when I look at poll numbers that inch towards...

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Breaking the Cycle of Responsiveness at Work

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 9:18 AM

I'm writing this on Saturday morning, feeling jazzed that my email inbox is under control and I'm catching up. And I'm haunted by the words of Harvard Business School's Leslie Perlow: "When you innocently clear out your inbox on Saturday morning, you might be ruining the day of someone who...

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It's the Cult of Mom

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 3:17 PM

How many women didn't tear up a bit when Procter & Gamble aired their Olympics-themed commercials featuring tireless moms sacrificing all to raise Olympian athletes? Being a mom is the "best job" in the world, the ads said. Those ads were incredible and they made me proud to...

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Yahoo for YHOO's Pregnant CEO

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:34 AM

When I learned that newly-appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was pregnant, my first impulse was, "I want to buy some Yahoo stock as a token of support for hiring a pregnant CEO."

And so, for the first time ever, I went online, opened up a...

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Women Have Outgrown Washington's Mold for Them

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 4:58 PM

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to join some incredible women at the Obama Campaign Headquarters in Chicago. Lilly Ledbetter showed all her mettle and gave incredible testimony to the fact that over the course of her career, the typical full-time working woman in the U.S has lost

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