|In Mothers of Intention, Joanne Bamberger collects examples of engaged, articulate and passionate mothers who write about the way politics, causes and activism intersect with their lives as mothers.
While traditional media attempts to pigeonhole women with titles such as “Soccer Mom,” the reality of women’s involvement in politics and activism is more complex. With the advent of online activism and blogs, like-minded mothers can identify each other, organize, campaign and become activists more easily than ever. As they coalesce, their views are reaching — and affecting — the mainstream.
Op-ed commentator Joanne Bamberger, known online as PunditMom, believes that mothers become active in the political sphere not in spite of their status as a mother, but as a direct result of motherhood. The historic nature of the 2008 presidential race and the increased ability of women to express themselves online with no barriers or limits provided mothers — working both inside and outside the home — to find their voices. Bamberger uses powerful pieces from sites like MomsRising, MOMocrats, Help a Mother Out, Mother Talkers, Smart Girl Politics and Moms4SarahPalin as well as personal blogs to illustrate the ways mothers are organizing around shared beliefs and values.
Pundit Mom’s Mothers of Intention is the first study of this movement, and it will leave readers with a new understanding of the political landscape. Politicians, take heed before 2012!
JOANNE BAMBERGER has been a radio and television reporter and servedas Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Currently a writer, political analyst and political/media consultant, she is known in the blogosphere and traditional media as PunditMom. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Legal Times, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Examiner, The Huffington Post, MomsRising and MOMocrats. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Politics Daily’s Woman Up, ABC.com, BBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera English & XM Radio POTUS ‘08, among others. She lives in Washington, DC.