Childfree Prime Minister Julia Gillard Takes Satirical Heat

Julia Gillard has taken some heat for not having children by choice, and now it’s her sex life that is being satirized. In a recent segment on the Australian comedy show At Home With Julia, there is a controversial scene in which the Gillard character and her partner appear in her office, “post-coital, naked under an Australian flag.” This kind of scene got me thinking… Continue reading “Childfree Prime Minister Julia Gillard Takes Satirical Heat”

How Scandal Can Inspire Gender Equality

There is a lot out there on the gender equality issue in politics and business, including the issue that there aren’t enough women, moms or not, in high level positions. Headline Italy—it seems the sex scandal with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has inspired a move toward gender equality at high levels of business.

A recent article by Flaivia Krause-Jackson and Chiara Remondini indicates that “the plight of women in Italy trails the rest of Europe in almost every indicator of gender equality. That might change when it comes to… Continue reading “How Scandal Can Inspire Gender Equality”

WA Post Ruth Marcus Gets it! Fallin, Put Down the Mommy Card

Postscript to my last two posts that I just have to pass on–thanks to a visitor of this blog who sent me an article by Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist on Mary Fallin pulling the mommy card with Jari Askins. Both are running for governor in Oklahoma.

I especially like Marcus’ comments about if Fallin’s opponent was a man:

“If Fallin were running against an unmarried man, the I’m-a-parent-and-you’re-not card wouldn’t be quite so loaded: A ‘childless’ female candidate tends to be perceived as lacking in an essential way that a man without children is not. And if Askins’ opponent were a married father, he would probably be smarter than to bring up her marital and maternal status for fear of the ensuing backlash.”

Here’s the rest of Marcus’ take:

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Laura Carroll, childfree

Oklahoma Governor’s Race Part II: Is Motherhood a Qualification?

More on the governor’s race in Oklahoma with Republican candidate Mary Fallin and Democratic candidate Jari Askins.  Fallin has claimed motherhood is what makes her more qualified, and she’s received push back on this.

Good Morning America took up the issue this week. Askins and Fallin were invited to be interviewed, and Fallin respectfully declined.  Askins articulately speaks to why political mommy wars is irrelevant and off focus.  My favorite comment by Askins–

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Single and Childfree in Race for Oklahoma Governor

In previous posts I’ve lamented about how women political and judicial candidates get criticized for not being mothers–somehow being childfree makes them less qualified.   Well,  the issue is up again with the current Oklahoma governor’s race.

Democrat Jari Askins  and Republican Mary Fallin are running to become the state’s first female governor.  Gasp! Askins has never been a wife or mother. But could Fallin be taking the issue too far?

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Pro Life Women in the Coming Mid Term Elections


Watching Christine O’Donnell win this the primary in Delaware brought to mind other conservative pro-life women who ran in the primaries, some of whom are now going to be in the mid term elections. But let’s start with O’Donnell. Not only pro life, she goes even farther as an anti masturbation advocate! Insane. Now this clip is from … Continue reading “Pro Life Women in the Coming Mid Term Elections”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

The Political Value of Motherhood

I am pleased to see that  Australia’s Julia Gillard gained enough to support to form a minority government and remains Australia’s prime minister. Back while she was campaigning she got major flack for being “deliberately barren.” The treatment she got unfortunately reflects the importance of children as an accessory to office.

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Such a Thing as a Pro-Life Feminist? Not!

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, is being “heralded as …the vanguard of a new breed of ‘pro-women, pro-life’ feminists” in the mold of Sarah Palin’s conservative pro-life agenda.

And she’s not the only one in this so called new breed–in the recent primaries, Sharron Angle from Nevada won the nomination for the U.S. Senate. Susana Martinez was nominated for governor in New Mexico. Nikki Haley will run for governor in South Carolina. If Jane Norton wins in August, she will be a pro-life Senate candidate from Colorado. If Kelly Ayotte wins in September, she’ll be a pro-life Senate candidate from New Hampshire.

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Motherhood a Prerequisite for Justice-hood? Please!

On President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan–First let me say that if our society truly believed that parenthood was an OPTION in life the ludicrous discussion out there of late would not need to occur… Continue reading “Motherhood a Prerequisite for Justice-hood? Please!”