Democratic Dames Vie For The Hearts, Minds, Votes Of WomenS

In anticipation of Super Tuesday, candidates and surrogates were out in full force this weekend, blanketing many Super Tuesday states with messages of hope, change, experience, vision and various other words that resonate with voters despite their nebulous nature. But what was most inspiring to some of us was the sheer number of women — and not just Hillary — who were doing the talking. From Chelsea working on behalf of her mother to Michelle and friends (above), both Democratic candidates are using women to appeal to women.

In California, Maria Shriver made a surprise appearance/endorsement for Baracl Obama on Sunday in Los Angeles, appearing onstage at a rally with Obama's wife Michelle, Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy after will.i.am and friends warmed up the L.A. crowd with a little MTV-inspired campaign ad. Polls show that Obama (with a little help from his friends) has done a good job at reducing the gap in the polls between him and Hillary, who has long been expected to carry the state.

For her part, Chelsea Clinton has taken a leave of absence from her job and been stumping for her mother, even giving her first public speech last week following weeks of comments that she would neither talk to or in front of reporters despite her increasingly public role in her mother's campaign.

In the end, though, no matter who you support, we've come a long way from the days when the vast majority of campaign event headliners were men and a political spouse or daughter was meant to be seen by her candidate's side (or her husband's candidate's side) and not heard as a strong voice on her own. Now we just have to worry that they're just pandering to the impression that women like to hear women because we're all women. Trade-offs, you know!

Michelle, Maria, Caroline and Oprah on the Hustings in California [NY Times]
Chelsea Clinton steps up her role [Politico]
Maria Shriver endorses Obama [LA Times]