MOMocrats.com: Where Mothers Get Political
Welcome to MOMocrats.com, a site where mothers from across the United States of America have come together since 2007 to write about politics from a parent’s perspective. Today, we focus on our political podcast, which we have produced weekly since November 2010.
Each of our past and present contributors has a unique story to tell. We represent a variety of professional and educational backgrounds and a range of ages. We come from varied cultural, religious and regional traditions. But we are all mothers. And what brings us together in common purpose is our shared dedication to working toward a fairer, safer, greener, more prosperous and more peaceful future for our children.
Like most moms, we’re tired. And we’re not just tired from staying up all night with a colicky baby, or from pacing the floor waiting for our teens to come home.
We’re tired of sending our sons and daughters off to fight a war for the benefit of oil billionaires’ profits. Tired of lagging behind the rest of the world in education, and paying more and more for “public” education that teaches only to a test and leaves the individual needs of students behind. Tired of a broken health care system that leaves millions of families and individuals uninsured, and leaves many people withhealth insurance still unable to access care.
Tired of politicians pretending that global warming doesn’t exist, leaving the problem to our children to solve. Tired of being paid less than men for the same work, then being expected to come home to the “second shift” of parenting, housework, and homework. Tired of the widening gap between rich and poor that leaves millions of single mothers struggling to make ends meet. And in the Trump era, we’re tired of trying to explain to our children how to respect the office of the presidency while abhorring the dishonesty and racism of the man currently residing in the White House.
We’re tired of feeling tired. We’ve decided to take action, by writing in support of progressive issues, progressive politicians, and legislation that protects our environment, promotes equality, expands opportunity, supports working families, and improves the lives of women and children. By providing a source of information and a platform for discussion about the policies that affect our families’ daily lives. And by encouraging other women, especially fellow mothers, to become more engaged in the political process.
We are dedicated to restoring this country’s promise by putting a Democrat in the White House in 2020, holding the House, and taking back the Senate – because after twelve years of Republican obstruction, we now understand that we cannot accomplish our policy goals without holding all the levers of power.
And after that, we’re going to keep fighting to make sure that President, our Senators and Representatives, and our state and local politicians pay attention to the issues that matter most to women and families.
The MOMocrats Story
In September, 2007, three moms met in a coffee shop in Palo Alto, California. Fed up with the direction the nation had been taking over the past several years, and wondering what they could do about it, they came to discuss a plan to impact the 2008 presidential election.
Stefania Pomponi Butler, Beth Blecherman, and Glennia Campbell were all mombloggers with a serious interest in politics. All three had long histories of political activity, but political activism had taken a back seat to family life after they became moms. Glennia, Stefania and Beth knew from conversations they’d had with fellow bloggers that many other mothers who blog had an interest in learning and writing more about politics, but were unsure about how and where to start. Many of the women they knew in their community had told them that they were confused about the issues, the candidates, and how to sift through the spin of the mainstream media. The three women wanted to establish a place online where progressive, Democratic women could learn from one another and express their views. And so MOMocrats.com was born.
The founding MOMocrats invited a few friends, including Joanne Bamberger (PunditMom), Stephanie Himel-Nelson (Lawyermama) and Jen (oneplustwo) to join their efforts. Within two weeks, the MOMocrats were quoted in the New York Times, Daily Kos, and other notable traditional and new media outlets.
During the earliest months of the 2008 presidential primary race, the founding MOMocrats had researched the issues, studied the various Democratic candidates, and had decided that the Edwards campaign, with its commitment to supporting universal health care, fighting poverty, supporting education and protecting the environment, most suited their personal views. However, as time went on and the site grew, supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined the MOMocrats team. MOMocrats.com has now endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the presidency.
The MOMocrats grew to a network of writers across the nation, with numerous guest contributors. In 2008, the MOMocrats were invited to be credentialed bloggers at the Democratic National Convention.
MOMocrats in Action
- The MOMocrats have been mentioned by several mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Jose Mercury News.
- MOMocrats.com been cited by many other popular blogs, including Daily Kos, Politico, The Huffington Post, Fem 2.0, and TechPresident.
- Our live chats during the presidential campaign were featured on CSPAN’s Election Hub.
- Barack Obama personally answered a list of questions we wished had been asked during the presidential primary debates.
- We were one of only 124 blogs officially credentialed to attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention as press.
- Michelle Obama wrote a guest post on MOMocrats in September 2008.
- MOMocrats writers have made television appearances on CNN and NBC.
- Over the years, the MOMocrats have interviewed several lawmakers, candidates, and political leaders, including Mazie Hirono, Carolyn Maloney, EMILY’s List leader Stephanie Schriock, and Tom Steyer.