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Almond Joy and Radio Detroit! + Gigs

 

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Catch Almond Joy on the radio this morning – WWJ am 950 @ around 10:10
You can also listen online at http://detroit.cbslocal.com/

She’ll be talking about our Tiny Tots show this Saturday at the Max in Detroit – get your tickets now at the DSO website!

Let your Chicago friends know we are coming their way – we’ll be playing at the Beat Kitchen with Little Miss Anne on Sunday, March 13
Hope to see you soon!
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What If You Had to Pay for Social Media?

By Stephanie Azzarone Reprinted in part from Playthings.com

Stephanie Azzarone

No surprise: Blogs, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly popular with moms, as they share experiences and information on all kinds of subjects.

According to a recent Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) survey conducted by BIGresearch, women with children at home are more likely to use Facebook (60.3%), MySpace (42.4%) and Twitter (16.5%) than average adults (50.2%, 34.4%, 15.0%, respectively). And 15.3% maintain their own blog.

Research from SheConnected Multimediafound that one-third (36%) of online U.S. and Canadian women would give up chocolate, their Pradas, or their mother-in-law before they gave up their social networks (OK, that last’s one’s a given…). But interestingly, only half would be willing to pay subscription fees to continue using social media channels.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Politics as Usual or Politics by Women!

Reprint of Women’s Media Center Commentary by Carol Jenkins

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As all political eyes move to the vice presidential picks, the WMC is tracking the media’s examination of possible women candidates, and we will explore in depth as we go along. Most names mentioned are sitting governors or other politicians. One notable exception comes from the business world.

Stuart Rothenberg’s recent musings about Carly Fiorina as a vice presidential running mate for John McCain were enlightening. He clearly viewed her candidacy seriously. The former head of Hewlett Packard has become a media frontwoman for the presumed Republican nominee, picking up praise in Republican circles as she travels the country making his case.

Carly FiorinaI once saw Fiorina in action, and she left an indelible impression: never have I seen a woman with so firm a sense of self-assurance. She was speaking at a Women’s Leadership Exchange event just after her memoir, Tough Choices, was published. She took up every inch of the stage, strutting from one end to the other, occasionally referring to her notes at the podium–but really, giving us a display of unabashed confidence sometimes not so evident in women. I understood how she had convinced the boards of HP and Compac to unite, against their wills. As we know now, that turned out somewhat badly for her: she lost her job, but did walk away with a reported $42 million in severance.

Fiorina’s described as a moderate: she knows the economy, she’s managed thousands of employees, she’s a fighter–and she knows how to close the deal.  She’s also a media familiar. Despite all that, Rothenberg comes to the conclusion that without the vetting of running for office before, she may be just too risky–and controversial.

Hillary ClintonThe other fascinating piece to surface this week was Michael Goodwin’s switch on Hillary Clinton-now claiming that perhaps she is the best VP candidate for Obama after all. This after the NY Daily News columnist ran an unrelenting series of anti Hillary rants with titles like “Hillary Clinton is One Sorry Sight on her Way to Defeat” and “Hillary is Her Own Worst Enemy” throughout the primary season.

Goodwin was apparently so moved by Clinton’s appearance in Unity, New Hampshire that he now says. “Clinton’s Friday performance adds to my growing belief the dream ticket is an on-again possibility.”  Of course, much of the article talked about Obama’s reversal on some key “change” issues. According to Goodwin, “So, if he’s going to act like a Clinton, why not team up with one?”

It seems there are still plenty of surprises and excitement left in the presidential campaign. We will monitor the media developments and keep you informed. Support The Women’s Media Center in our effort to make sure that women’s voices are heard.

Check out the womensmediacenter.com

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Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying

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Republished: From The Womens Media Center
Carol JenkinsMay 23, 2008

In this most rigorous of primary seasons the subjects of gender and race have been pummeled, the youngest voters and oldest-ever candidate minutely scrutinized, and now we are required to sort ourselves by class.

In fact, the fracturing of our identities into gender, race, class, and age has been so thorough that the main task we have as a nation now is pulling ourselves together into a whole. If we’re lucky, this new nation will be an improvement on what we had. If we don’t exert every effort at reconciliation, these historic breakthroughs in political participation will be for naught. Media’s involvement in our division–and its responsibility in the healing–cannot be underestimated.

Our concerns here at The Women’s Media Center are just that–women and media: how women participate and how they are portrayed. For the past several months we  have been monitoring comments made during this campaign, as have others (see Marie Cocco’s Misogyny I Won’t Miss).  There has been a disturbing element that goes beyond disagreement with the issues-and steps into the territory of outright sexism.

Sexism in the MediaWith several partners, including the National Women’s Political Caucus, we have pulled together a video compilation of some of the most egregious remarks that aired recently on television. We call it “Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying.”  Not all the clips are aimed at Hilary Clinton, but a lot are.  As a non-partisan organization, we do not support any candidates.  But this isn’t a partisan issue: it’s about making sure that women’s voices are present and powerful in our national dialogue. If you haven’t already, please click on the image at right to watch the video, and sign our petition. We’ll make sure the media executives get your responses. Together we can and must win this fight.

P.S. I love Hilary Clinton – Sincerely, Joy Rose www.mamapalooza.com