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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
Nov. 19, 2012 7:14 am
In recent U.S. presidential elections, there has been a bipartisan effort to engage youth voters. The effort has been seen in candidates' web/social media efforts, the recent upsurge of multi-party activism on campus, and the growth of youth organizations promoting youth political involvement. It's quite a change, given that we college students were more likely to be shooed away from...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2012 8:12 am
After a low youth voter turnout in 2010 , projections for the youth vote in 2012 seemed to be less than that of the momentous turnout in 2008. Democrats made it a point to make the youth vote become an important factor in the 2008 election, but as many students saw soon after inauguration day, change didn't come as easily as we had expected. To many voters' surprise, the youth vote was ...  Read More
Nov. 6, 2012 4:15 pm
A friend posted a photo on Facebook of a long line at her polling place this morning with the comment that "it's a good sign when voters are treating an election like Black Friday at Walmart." Now we have to wait all day to learn which of the candidates brought forth this outpouring of interest: do voters think Obama or Romney is the better bargain ? Both campaigns have made mistakes...  Read More
Nov. 6, 2012 1:05 pm
This is a powerful personal essay guest post on American culture and politics from my colleague, Tamara Fagin. Her title was "Random Musings From the Frontline" but I don't think it's random at all. I believe most Americans feel like outsiders at some time in their lives, and who have had the experience of being bullied or feeling like we have been treated unfairly because of our birth origins....  Read More
Nov. 5, 2012 7:20 am
We Lower-Manhattanites are a scrappy bunch of people. We are starving artists, college students, writers, and Wall Street bankers. This past week, after Hurricane Sandy hit, all of lower Manhattan was out of power for days. I am writing this after being evacuated from my dorm and living out of NYU’s Kimmel Center for days—a building that offered food, shelter, and power to students. For...  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. 24, 2012 1:37 pm
Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told debate viewers last night that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape, because pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen.” This occurred just as Mourdock's campaign unveiled a new on-camera endorsement from Mitt Romney. To his credit, Mourdock’s opponent, Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, later said that Mourdock’s...  Read More
Oct. 22, 2012 7:30 am
If you watched the presidential debate this past week, you probably remember Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year-old college student who attends Adelphi University. He opened up the town hall question session by asking: “Mr. President, Governor Romney, as a 20-year-old college student, all I hear from professors, neighbors and others is that when I graduate, I will have little chance to get...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2012 4:49 pm
Candy Crowley was the biggest winner in last night's Town Hall for her real time fact checking on Libya. She also asked follow up questions that forced the candidates to clarify their positions. She is, however, wrong in saying that it doesn't matter that she's a woman. It matters a lot that other women see they can aspire to moderate a presidential debate if that is their aspiration. And I...  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. 9, 2012 7:51 am
Double bonus of Sister Courage today! This is a guest post by a woman leader I admire about a woman leader I admire. Both have made many contributions to women’s reproductive rights, health, and justice. But neither Carole Joffe —author, researcher, and professor at the UCSF Bixby Center —who wrote this piece, nor its subject, filmmaker extraordinaire Dorothy Fadiman , is about to slow down...  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. 27, 2012 8:32 am
Bring on the hot wings and beer. My favorite contact sport event is coming up October 3. I hope it'll inspire tailgate parties all over the country. No, I haven't become a football fan after years of avoiding it. I'm talking about the first presidential debate . It should be required watching for all voters—that would be a far better qualification for voting than requiring picture...  Read More
Sep. 24, 2012 7:00 am
You may have heard the word ‘Obamacare’ spinning around the election coverage, but here’s what it’s all about and how it can affect you. Obamacare (formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a set of newly-passed (2010) healthcare reform mandates that ultimately aim to provide insurance to the uninsured by lowering the overall costs of health care. The planned...  Read More
Sep. 19, 2012 8:39 pm
Do you know the term “October Surprise”? It was coined in 1972 when 10 days pre-election, incumbent President Nixon sucked the remaining oxygen from Democratic candidate George McGovern’s anti-Viet Nam war campaign message by declaring that peace was at hand. Ever since, the term “October Surprise” has been used to describe pre-emptive strikes by one prospective leader designed to strike a...  Read More
Sep. 18, 2012 10:00 am
Researching candidates is key when deciding who you will vote for in the 2012 presidential election. However, deciphering fact from opinion about how they would lead the country on major issues can be overwhelming—especially for a first-time voter. As I have mentioned in previous columns , our demographic (college-aged females) plays a pivotal role in this election. Our choice, come...  Read More
Sep. 5, 2012 12:00 pm
Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National convention last night was brilliant rhetorically and substantively. It was delivered with the passion of someone speaking her truth, the spark of a woman deeply in love, and the skill of a lawyer who knows how to build an arc of persuasion. There was no ridiculous "I love you women!" moment in Michelle's speech. There didn't need to be because...  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
Jul. 31, 2012 2:47 pm
Mitt Romney’s traveling press secretary lost his cool with reporters covering the candidate’s overseas trip. Aide Rick Gorka told reporters to “kiss my ass” and “shove it” after they shouted questions at Romney during his visit to Pilsudski Square, near the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “Kiss my ass; this is a holy site for the Polish people,” said Gorka to reporters. “Show some...  Read More
Jul. 13, 2012 12:09 pm
Seems like the the Republicans always want to bring in a woman when there's a mess to clean up, and Romney certainly has a mess on his hands with his multiple stories — some call them "lies" — about his time at Bain. No wonder Condoleeza Rice's name is being floated again as a vice presidential candidate. True, as Sarah Palin almost acknowledged , in the experience realm, Rice brings...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2012 9:26 am
It must have been a slow news day for Arena, but I thought this question was worth answering. Of course, both campaigns will be watching each other like hawks, hoping for gaffes to drop and then making much of them. But you have to admit Karl Rove is the grandmaster of whipping up attacks, whether the information transmitted is true or not. Could we have a conversation about how to engage voters...  Read More
Jun. 6, 2012 1:55 pm
Pundits will be talking all day about the meaning of the failed Wisconsin recall election. The bright spot is that the recall process has forced Walker to moderate his language if not his actions and if the numbers hold out, he will be faced with a Democratic majority in the state senate to slow down his union-busting, tea-party sponsored initiatives. But I see an ominous cloud of Obama's...  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
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