Working moms and the 2008 election

October 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
We had a very frank conversation on the topic with a few of our favorite moms who definitely have their fingers on the mommy pulse. Joining us were the host of radio talk show Childhood Matters on 98.1 KISS-FM, Nurse Rona Renner, the co-founder and president of MomsRising.org, Joan Blades, and the founder of MommyTrackd.com, Amy Keroes.

About Rona Renner:
Rona Renner, RN has been a nurse for over 40 years, and is temperament specialist and parent educator. She is the Executive Director of Interactive Parenting Media, and the host of Childhood Matters Radio show, Sundays at 9AM on 98.1 KISS FM.

For more information, visit Childhoodmatters.org

About Amy Keroes:
Amy received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from UCLA. She was a fifth year associate at Latham & Watkins when she switched gears and took a position as Senior Corporate Counsel for Gap Inc. She worked at Gap for six years, managing the Company's intellectual property litigation and all marketing related partnerships and promotions. Amy also managed celebrity advertising deals, including the contract negotiations for Madonna, Missy Elliott, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lenny Kravitz. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband Jeff, her seven-year-old son Matty and her four-year-old daughter Jessie.

For more information, visit Mommytrackd.com

About Joan Blades:
Joan Blades is a co-founder and President of Moms Rising, a new grassroots online activist organization that champions core motherhood and family issues - like health care, child care and work/family balance - in political, social, and economic spheres. Moms Rising mobilizing millions of women who have not previously been active, educating people about the problems facing mothers and families, and providing avenues for common sense solutions to those problems.

Moms Rising is modeled on MoveOn.org, the enormously successful and powerful online activist organization that Blades co-founded in 1998 with her husband, Wes Boyd, and their family and friends. Now an organization of more than 3 million online activists, MoveOn brings ordinary people back into politics by building electronic advocacy groups. MoveOn has mobilized its members around support for inspections, campaign finance reform, environmental protection and responsible energy policy. Through the MoveOn.org Political Action Committee, MoveOn members contribute millions of dollars to key political campaigns and work to elect leaders that better represent their values.

With Moms Rising co-founder and Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Blades is also the co-author of The Motherhood Manifesto. Released on Mothers Day 2006, The Motherhood Manifesto makes the case that it's time for a broad change in America's support for mothers and families. In both public and private sectors, radical shifts are needed to make parenting and the workplace compatible. The Motherhood Manifesto identifies obstacles facing working mothers today, and proposes concrete solutions

Blades is on the steering committee of "Reuniting America: A Transpartisan Campaign of Political Reconciliation" (ReunitingAmerica.org) that includes such diverse organizations as Americans for Tax Reform, MoveOn.org, Christian Coalition, Sierra Club, American Legion and League of Women Voters. Reuniting America's mission is to engage people from all political points of view in respectful dialogue that leads to creative, breakthrough solutions to the challenges facing our nation.

Prior to starting MoveOn, Blades co-founded a leading entertainment software company, Berkeley Systems. She has taught mediation at Golden Gate Law School, and practiced mediation. She is also a past member of the California and Alaska bar associations.

Blades lives in Northern California with her husband and her two children.

For more information, visit Momsrising.org


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