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Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt is a leading women's activist, keynote speaker, and best selling author most recently of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. She teaches Women, Power, and Leadership at Arizona State University and is former president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
 
Nov. 4, 2014 9:49 am
When Shirley Chisholm broke both racial and gender barriers to become the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968 and later the first Black woman to run for U. S. president , she leapfrogged over more barriers to power than any woman considering a run today can even imagine. Was she conflicted in her relationship with power? Just the opposite as the quote above indicates. How did she...  Read More
Sep. 4, 2013 12:08 pm
A few days ago, I went to the best funeral I've ever attended. It’s unusual to say that about an occasion normally considered sad and somber. But the memorial service for Muriel “Mickie” Siebert , a well-known finance executive in the U.S. and the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, goes down in my book as a perfectly delightful send off. Mickie founded her brokerage...  Read More
Nov. 3, 2012 12:20 pm
My grandparents were all immigrants from tyrant-ruled Eastern Europe during the early decades of the 20th century. They treasured their voting rights as only new citizens can, and they instilled in me their almost sappy love of the American ideals of liberty, justice, and fairness. Having struggled to get to their promised land, they considered voting their sacred duty. Every election, no...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2012 7:00 am
Over the past six years, a new string of Voter ID laws has been pushed to legislation in 31 states. These laws require voters to show up with a valid ID at the polls. Voter ID laws, along with laws that allow those in the military to vote early, have been under the national spotlight in recent months, despite being practically invisible to the media when they were first proposed. These laws...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2012 8:00 am
At this point in the presidential race, students like myself do not have time to sift through crooked statistics and tired rhetoric . We have enough of those things on our plate already, considering that we’re reviewing for midterms. Romney and Obama could have saved us the trouble. Most of the students I spoke with at New York University, which I attend, were already informed about the...  Read More
Sep. 17, 2012 11:15 am
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on CNN yesterday morning that Democrats have a “very excellent chance” of taking back the House in November – pointing to Mitt Romney’s selection of running mate Paul Ryan as a “pivotal” moment in the campaign. The Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to win back the majority. Politico's arena asked: "Does it seem likely that the Democrats could...  Read More
Aug. 28, 2012 4:39 pm
Are you watching the Republican National Convention? What do you think of the goings on? Tell me your thoughts here. The Politico Arena question today talks about how Americans view Romney, saying a new Pew Research Center poll shows that more Americans are interested in the GOP platform than Mitt Romney’s convention speech. Another Pew survey shows that 71 percent of Americans say that...  Read More
Aug. 11, 2012 12:45 pm
So I was wrong when I predicted Mitt Romney would pick Pawlenty or Portman. Instead, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) will be his running mate, Romney announced the pick in Virginia this morning. The choice of Ryan marks the final descent of Mitt Romney into Tea Party hell. Ensnared by his lust for power at all costs, Mr. Etch-a-Sketch has relinquished whatever...  Read More
Aug. 7, 2012 8:48 pm
As the Republican National Convention highlights women on its convention speaking schedule, the speculation about who Romney will choose as his running mate has crept back onto the media screen. According to Politico, The Republican National Committee has announced that Condoleezza Rice, Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez are among those...  Read More
Aug. 7, 2012 2:48 pm
As the Republican National Convention highlights women on its convention speaking schedule, the speculation about who Romney will choose as his running mate has crept back onto the media screen. According to Politico, The Republican National Committee has announced that Condoleezza Rice, Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez are among those...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2012 11:14 pm
Wish I'd had more time to write about all the ways Citizens United is not about free speech. Maybe you can help me out here with your comments? Politico Arena asks: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has introduced a constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision on campaign finance. The amendment would also overturn a Supreme Court...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2012 11:14 pm
Wish I'd had more time to write about all the ways Citizens United is not about free speech. Maybe you can help me out here with your comments? Politico Arena asks: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has introduced a constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision on campaign finance. The amendment would also overturn a Supreme Court decision...  Read More
May 29, 2012 5:15 pm
Politico Arena Asks: Billionaire Donald Trump will join Mitt Romney tonight at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. The appearance comes just five days after the real estate developer aimed to re-ignite the debate about President Obama’s birthplace. Tonight’s appearance could pose some political risk to Romney, political experts predict. Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year,...  Read More
May 26, 2012 7:31 am
Analyzing gas prices isn't usually my beat, but media messaging is. Is failure to talk about declining prices at the pump smart or self-defeating for Obama? Politico Arena Asks: Gas prices are expected to hit a two-year low this Memorial Day weekend, averaging around $3.66 a gallon, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some energy analysts believe prices could continue to drop...  Read More
May 15, 2012 2:39 pm
If the fastest way to self esteem is to stand up for what you believe, President Obama is standing tall this week--even though it has taken a long "evolution" to stand up for marriage equality. What do you think? Will it help or hurt his reelection prospects? Politico Arena asks: The newest issue of Newsweek Magazine has declared President Obama “The First Gay President.” The cover...  Read More
May 14, 2012 10:04 am
Looks like we'd all better rally to help Wisconsin elect Tom Barrett. Politico Arena asks: Polling shows Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker with a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett ahead of the June 5 recall election. Walker infuriated Democrats and labor organizations weeks after taking office in 2011 by driving a measure through the Republican-led legislature to...  Read More
May 8, 2012 5:26 pm
Politico Arena Asks: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he supports gay marriage, following Vice President Joe Biden’s statement Sunday on “Meet the Press” that he is “comfortable” with it. President Barack Obama has not voiced support for gay marriage, instead backing civil unions, though he has maintained for over a year that his views are “ evolving .” Has the President’s hand been...  Read More
May 7, 2012 1:56 pm
It's way too soon to tell which way independent voters will swing. But net out the contributing factors and it's clear the results depend on many volatile factors. That chaos gives advocacy groups tremendous opportunity to influence the outcome. What's your prediction? Politico Arena Asks: A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the...  Read More
May 4, 2012 6:54 am
Regardless of which label one chooses for Richard Grenell's departure from the Romney campaign ranks, the result is the same. And can anyone tell me why in the world a self-respecting gay person or a woman would ever support the Republican candidate in the first place? Politico Arena Asks: Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell announced he was resigning from the...  Read More
Apr. 28, 2012 8:37 am
Right-wing legislative think tank ALEC seems to be whining that it's getting smeared. Pity. Politico Arena asks: Common Cause has filed a complaint accusing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of violating its tax-exempt status by lobbying state legislators. Critics have seized on ALEC’s support of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws, coordinating a campaign against the...  Read More
Feb. 1, 2012 12:58 pm
There was a short piece in Monday's USA Today saying that 2012 is shaping up to be another “Year of the Woman.” And they did have some very good news numbers to back that notion: …a notable number of candidates are running in potentially competitive races in both the House of Representatives and Senate that could send a wave of female lawmakers to Washington in November. If so, it would...  Read More
Jan. 21, 2012 9:49 pm
Newt won it in SC after a dismal performance in NH. What do you think will be the next exciting episode in the Republican primary soap opera? And is Romney toast or has he just taken a temporary step back? ARENA ASKED: Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina primary, the Associated Press projected Saturday night. Should Mitt Romney be running scared after his second-place finish? Or will the...  Read More
Jan. 18, 2012 11:37 am
What do you think about Colbert's presidential run? I will tweet the funniest retort. Arena Asks: Comedian Stephen Colbert has taken credit for Republican candidate Jon Huntsman dropping out of the presidential race, declaring on “The Colbert Report” that his announcement last week to form an exploratory committee for president has “completely changed the complexion of this race.” Since...  Read More
Jan. 12, 2012 10:40 pm
I believe in making common cause with people of all persuasions, but here's what I learned about the quest for common ground on issues where people have diametrically opposing worldviews. Originally published at On The Issues Magazine . ©Elaine Soto The day before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was expected to rule, rumors circulated that the agency would approve Plan B One Step ...  Read More
Jan. 10, 2012 10:15 pm
Keep those gloves on, Mitt. Arena Asks: Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire primary, the Associated Press projected as polls closed Tuesday night. How much closer does this bring Romney to being the Republican nominee? Can any of his rivals realistically stop him in South Carolina, Florida or beyond? And which of them is the most likely to drop out? My Answer: Romney won by barely...  Read More
Jan. 6, 2012 12:56 pm
For once I like title Arena gave to today's question about whether Rick Santorum's way out of the mainstream views about sex will get noticed after the media swarm in the wake of his IA caucus near-win. Please tell me you'll help keep this buzz alive. Because in truth I don't trust the press to keep shining a light on it--and there are devastating implications for women's rights as well as gay...  Read More
Jan. 2, 2012 2:38 pm
Hooray, just one more day till the Iowa Caucuses will be over. Then we can immediately start obsessing about New Hampshire. Meanwhile, what do you think about Rick Santorum's chances for a strong finish tomorrow night? Arena Asks: On the last full day of campaigning before Iowa's GOP caucuses, Mitt Romney is working to hold on to his narrow advantage as he faces a surging Rick Santorum. A...  Read More
Dec. 27, 2011 2:46 pm
And the Republican primary gong show goes on... Arena Asks: As Rep. Ron Paul rises in the Iowa polls he's facing more scrutiny for newsletters once published under his name. Parts of the 1990s-era publications are suffused with paranoia, racial bigotry and support for the period's violent militia movements. Paul denies authorship of the offending passages, though in his 1996 congressional...  Read More
Dec. 19, 2011 3:57 pm
A political consultant who taught me lots about the workings of the lawmaking process when I was new to retail politics told me that politics is in the end all theater. Rarely has his analysis seemed as accurate as watching the House Republicans today try to justify holding American citizens in a state of suspended animation, wondering what's going to happen to their paychecks next year or...  Read More
Dec. 14, 2011 10:53 am
Please read this article, and just as the steam is coming out of your ears, go sign the petition and leave your comment for the president. It's up to us to hold him, and all politicians, accountable. Out of patience with Obama Administration betrayals on health issues, a coalition has launched a petition demanding an agenda that is fair to women. It wasn’t the first time that President...  Read More
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