Panel at Netroots Nation 2010 on Why Women Are Key to Victory

Netroots Nation is the premier conference for progressive bloggers. So I’m totally thrilled that they accepted my proposal to facilitate a panel on “Why Women Are the Key to the Future of Progressive Election Victories.”

As the GOP has garnered victories in Massachussetts, Virginia and New Jersey since the 2008 presidential election, progressives are looking for a new path to keep the seats they have and win back the ones they’ve lost. Standard playbook assumptions about where, how and why progressives can win campaigns have been turned on their head as increasing numbers of voters feel disaffected and Tea Partiers throw wild cards into many races. Progressive women can embrace this moment to help move the progressive agenda forward. But too often the Democratic Party fails to recruit and support the very women candidates who could be game changers for progressive politics. We’ll discuss how the growing numbers of activist women—and organizations devoted to helping them participate in politics and political leadership—can help reconnect voters with important progressive economic and gender issues. And we’ll analyze how to access the untapped power of women who want to make a difference for progressive issues and what it will take to get them elected. OH, and we’ll talk about the mama grizzlies…

If I do say so myself, I put together a superstar panel. Besides myself, you’ll get to hear and talk with:

Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee is a national leader in the effort to promote women’s political leadership and powerful participation in our democracy and in the arts.

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which Lee founded and leads, is recognized nationally for investing in women in politics. Lee is the driving force behind the Foundation’s groundbreaking “Governors Guidebook” series, which combines original research with nationally-distributed practical guides for women candidates seeking executive office.

Lee has leveraged her belief in empowering women in politics by endowing the Barbara Lee Women in U.S. Politics Training Program and Lecture Series at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which trains women for political office in the United States, and the Barbara Lee Political Intern Fellowship Program at Simmons College.

Joanne Bamberger
Joanne Bamberger is a recovering attorney, author and political/media analyst living in the shadow of the nation’s capital. She’s also known around the blogosphere as PunditMom!

PunditMom blog is the home of op-ed commentary by Joanne, who is also a freelance writer and former op-ed columnist for The Washington Examiner. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Washington Post, various American Lawyer Media publications, Legal Times, Washingtonian Magazine, and many others.

A new media expert and authority on political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a featured columnist at CafeMom’s The Stir where she writes a weekly feature called Speaker of the House. Joanne also writes at MomsRising and MOMocrats, and was a contributing editor for news and politics at BlogHer. Her political commentary has appeared on CNN, Fox News,, BBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera English & XM Radio POTUS ‘08, among others.

Joanne speaks frequently at conferences and to private groups about the growing influence of women/mothers in politics and social media. She has presented and participated in panels at Netroots Nation 2009, the Feminist Majority Foundation, EMILY’s List, BlogHer, Fem 2.0, Type-A Mom Conference, WAM! 2009, the Women’s Media Center and others.

Pam Spaulding
Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of, honored as Best LGBT Blog in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards. In 2009, she was named one of Huffington Post’s Ultimate Game Changers in Politics, received the Women’s Media Center Award for Online Journalism, and named one of the OUT 100. Spaulding lives in Durham, NC.

Maria Teresa Kumar, president, Voto Latino
Roxanne Conlin, Candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa

GLORIA FELDT is the bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The LeadPeople has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the honors she has been given, Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” she was named Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” a She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century.

As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, she has created the most comprehensive initiative to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The women’s leadership nonprofit offers a variety of training programs and workshops including the 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.

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