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PunditMom's Mothers of Intention [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Bamberger
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Mothers of Intention debunks the commonly held notion that motherhood renders women mute when it comes to public policy and electoral politics. With the authority of a veteran political commentator, Bamberger documents the emergence of a collective female voice in politics. Describing today’s complex political scene with humor, intelligence and humility and explaining what it means to be a mother within it, Mothers of Intention provides a perspective that often eludes works of social commentary authored by a single individual. An important coda to the last presidential election and the essential gender issues it raised, Mothers of Intention is must reading for anyone wanting to understand what motivates women in the political arena.

Editorial Reviews


A brilliant fist-pumping, 'hell-yeah!' great read. Bipartisan proof ... of the power & validity of women in the political arena through their savvy use of social media. --Lara DiPaola, & author, Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom blog

One of the most important political books of 2012! -- Jason Williams, Host of For The People Show, KVNU Radio, Provo, Utah

"A real awakening about women online!" -- Maggie Linton, co-host, Cover to Cover show, XM/Sirius Radio

" ...[P]ositive and energizing, no matter whether you're a C-SPAN junkie or barely get a second to skim the headlines over coffee. [Mothers of Intention] is a great reminder that while mothers differ on specific issues, our common concern for our kids' futures unites us."-- Cool Mom Picks,

"Encouraging mothers to step up & enter the political fray, whether through public policy process or espousing political opinions in blogs or columns, Bamberger calls upon mothers to muster their courage, harness their intellectual prowess & change the political conversation."  Meredith O'Brien, columnist,

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From her vantage point in the nation's capital, Joanne Bamberger reveals the powerful impact social media tools have in amplifying female voices in American politics.  Mothers of Intention examines the rise of the motherhood political movement and how women have become a larger, more powerful presence in political activism.  In the first book to describe this new political idiom, Bamberger analyzes this ever-growing trend and debunks the commonly held notion that motherhood renders women mute when it comes to public policy and electoral politics. Mothers of Intention explores today's complex political scene with humor, intelligence and humility and explains what it means to be a mother within it.  An important coda to the last presidential election and the essential gender issues it raised, Mothers of Intention is must reading for anyone wanting to understand what motivates women in the political arena.

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  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press (November 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UZ0F8S
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PunditMom is Fantastic June 18, 2011
By Stimey
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Joanne Bamburger's voice is one of the smartest in the political blogosphere. This book is wonderful. Joanne is a thoughtful writer and has brought together a slew of intelligent voices to contribute to her book. Too often, mothers are dismissed in politics. Joanne highlights the ways that women and mothers are relevant, smart, and important. Highly recommended!
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Here's why I'm so glad I bought this book: I have a ready reference to the smartest political bloggers on women's issues and perspectives right at my fingertips. I don't have to search for their best posts; I've got them all in one place. Bamberger has done the research to find the most interesting and relevant blogposts on and by women in politics, then tied it together with excellent analysis of her own. I keep this book by my office desk and scan through it daily, whenever I want an interesting take on politics from a mom's perspective. Bamberger not only gives us the published posts of some terrific bloggers, but insider moments that can't be found elsewhere (a colleague's son meeting Hillary Clinton, and what that meant for their family; DeeDee Myers' personal take on politics in her own family; etc.).

As we approach 2012, this is a particularly great read for anyone wondering how to find and speak with moms in politics. But anyone who is a mom or has a mom should pick this up. You'll enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and easy read August 18, 2011
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This is a perfect book to read before bed every night. It will leave you with good thoughts about the different ways that women are using social media to their advantage to advance their political beliefs. The second part of the title is telling--revolutionizing politics. This is exactly what women are doing in politics and other spheres. The inclusion of blog posts or the excerpts in the book are pleasing and frankly the book's layout is aesthetically pleasing.

This book will speak to the political continuum. I didn't agree with all of the contributors, but that's a good thing. The book is written well and for the lay audience. The book could work in a lower division Gender and Politics or Gender and Society course at the college level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An early predictor of women's power online February 7, 2012
In the wake of the Karen Handel resignation and the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood disaster, I remembered that I had this book on my shelf because I knew one of the contributors. (I've loved reading her blog and wanted something in print that contained her words of wisdom.) So I started browsing it again this morning and remembered why it was worthwhile. Even though the perspectives come from a variety of backgrounds, they all promote a single conclusion. The best chance that women have of effecting change is through the internet. So many of the women featured in the book landed there because that's exactly what they're doing. They are building a following and developing a powerful outlet to communicate what needs to happen in this country to support women and children, families and the future. In a sense, this book came out a year ahead of the curve, because now we're all seeing the impact of social media on the political sphere. PunditMom is now writing election 2012 coverage for iVillage and doing a great job. I hope to see more of these writers/contributors/bloggers find equally advantageous platforms for their views and their activism. But this book is at least a start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Revolution Highly Recommends February 21, 2012
Joanne Bamberger is extremely insightful. She proves in this book that women - all kinds of women - care about and participate in the political process. The Internet is the most feminist invention ever. While mainstream media has been and still is male dominated the Internet and Social Media opened all the doors and windows for women to be heard. When I think about who my mother had access to in terms of influence and sharing her opinion it adds up to some 10 pm conversations with her mom and siblings to avoid excessive long distance charges, a few friends at church and some neighbors. No longer. Now women of all walks of life, every race, every social status, every religion can just log on and have massive influence and impact on elections, laws, social issues and any other thing that makes politics personal for them. AND THEY DO! Joanne Bamberger highlights some of these women in the book and you'll be amazed at how fantastic, smart and creative these women are. Oh and surprising or not these women are not all liberal democrats. Bamberger was judicial enough to include women from every political leaning and viewpoint. Fantastic book!
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More About the Author

Joanne is an author, journalist, political and media strategist/analyst, and recovering attorney. She is best known for her popular political blog PunditMom, which was one of the first internet voices speaking about the intersection of women/mothers online and political/social activism.

Joanne is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press), the first book to examine the phenomenon of the rise of women in social media, how they've used online tools for change and the uphill battle women still face in the world of politics and activism.

A new media expert and authority on the political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne is a regular contributor to POLITICO's Arena and Huffington Post, and was a regular contributor to AOL's Politics Daily. She also was a founding contributor to Her commentary has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Good Morning America, and XM Radio POTUS, among others. She's been featured in More Magazine, Ms. Magazine, the Washington Post, and other national publications.

In 2011, Joanne was nominated for the prestigious Social Media Award by the Women's Media Center. She's appeared on numerous top blogger lists including Working Mother Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Social Media (2011), Babble Top 50 (2010), Babble Top 100 (2011), and BlogHer's Must-Read Political Blogs by Women. Her blog PunditMom was also a finalist for the best political blog in the 2011 annual Weblog Awards, the "Bloggies.

In addition to her own book, her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Courageous Parents, Confident Kids, Kirtsy Takes a Bow and Welcome to My World.

She's the publisher of The Broad Side, an online magazine of the best women's commentary from around the web.

Joanne is a sought after speaker, who has participated in panels at many conferences, including BlogHer, Netroots Nation, Mom 2.0 Summit, the Feminist Majority Foundation, EMILY's List, Activism+Media+Policy Summit, and many other events. She has advised a variety of political and institutional clients on social media strategy and the role women online can play in advancing agendas.

Joanne is at work on her second book about how women's friendships shape the political world.


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