Madeleine Albright Loved Her Waffle Date With Leslie Knope

In its final season, Parks & Recreation is really going for it—taking its humor and political heart as far as they both can stretch. Last night's double-header was one for the ages: in the first episode, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington," Leslie and April travel to DC to get some support for Leslie's… » 2/11/15 3:06pm 2/11/15 3:06pm

Kamala Harris Declares Her Bid for California Senate, We Cheer

On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Barbara Boxer after 2016. And the lady train on the West Coast keeps on rollin'—hopefully. » 1/13/15 12:30pm 1/13/15 12:30pm

Joe Biden: Barbara Boxer Has Been 'My Soul Mate in the Senate'

California Senator Barbara Boxer announced earlier this week that she won't seek reelection in 2016, via a weird video featuring her grandson and some freestylin'. In a statement, Vice President Joe Biden bid her farewell in the most Bidenish way possible, that is, by reminiscing about their "passionate" political… » 1/09/15 10:10am 1/09/15 10:10am

Did Barbara Boxer Drop a Hillary 2016 Hint In Her Retirement Video?

Senator Barbara Boxer announced today that after 2016, she will end her long and illustrious career in the US Senate. To announce this, she released a very awkward video that included a seemingly random cameo by her grandson, a poem, and a stated desire to "make history" with the 2016 Democratic nominee for President… » 1/08/15 2:15pm 1/08/15 2:15pm

Senate Passes Amendment Barring Sex Offenders From the Military

It looks like there's at least one positive side effect of the summer's exposé of the sexual assault and harassment of 48 female trainees at Lackland Air Force Base—that attention's being drawn to the myriad problems and legal loopholes in the U.S. armed forces when it comes to the well-being of their female troops.… » 12/01/12 1:00pm 12/01/12 1:00pm

New Version of Violence Against Women Act Shows GOP Only Hates the Most…

Faced with accusations that their opposition to renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is a sign that they've taken a very unpopular "pro-woman beating" stance, Congressional Republicans are hurriedly drafting their own version of the bill to prove that they don't hate all women. Their version will be sort of like… » 4/25/12 9:00pm 4/25/12 9:00pm

Senate Women Maintain Civility with Regular Dinner Parties

Though partisanship amongst the Senate's Republican and Democratic men has never been greater, lady legislators have maintained a civil level of discourse mostly, writes the Daily Beast's Margaret Carlson, by attending a monthly "no boys allowed" supper club, ironically held in the Capitol's Strom Thurmond Room. » 3/04/12 6:00pm 3/04/12 6:00pm

Senate Votes to Kill Rule That Would Allow Employers to Deny Birth…

Some good news, for a change: earlier today, the US Senate voted to table the Blunt Amendment, a terribly stupid provision tacked onto an unrelated transportation bill which would've allowed any employer or insurance company to decline to cover any medical care for any moral reason. Twenty million women could've been… » 3/01/12 3:00pm 3/01/12 3:00pm

Military Abortion Access Bill Hits The Senate

Women in the military, or who are otherwise covered by military health insurance, have to pay for an abortion out of pocket even if they are raped or the victims of incest. Nor can they use their own money to pay for an abortion on military bases. Yesterday, a bill was introduced in the Senate to change that. » 6/17/11 10:30am 6/17/11 10:30am

Fiorina Trashes Boxer For Preferring "Senator" To Ma'am

Having exhausted the topic of Barbara Boxer's hair, Carly Fiorina has a new line of attack: Boxer's polite request to be called "Senator." » 9/23/10 5:30pm 9/23/10 5:30pm

Pot-Smoking, Hair-Snarking California Election Kicks Into High Gear

"She called my hairstyle, and I quote, 'Soooooo yesterday.' Well you know — it might be true, and I admit I've had my share of bad hair days. But my policies?" Are not yesterday." Welcome back to the California election. » 9/09/10 1:21pm 9/09/10 1:21pm

Rich, White Republican Women Are Resembling Rich, White Republican Men

Meg Whitman just brought her contribution to her own campaign to $104 million. Linda McMahon spent $25 million in the Connecticut primary, promising to spend up to $50 million. It makes Carly Fiorina look like a cheapskate. Is this equality? » 8/16/10 9:58am 8/16/10 9:58am

The 10 Lowest Moments For Women In Politics This Year (So Far)

Yesterday, we learned that voters were polled on whether Barbara Boxer or Carly Fiorina has better hair. Even without the 2008 election's bombast (Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin), the past year has been rather rocky for women in politics. Some lowlights: » 7/29/10 1:54pm 7/29/10 1:54pm

Californians Take A Stand In Favor Of Barbara Boxer's Hair

BREAKING: Thanks to Public Policy Polling, we now know Californians prefer Barbara Boxer's hair to opponent Carly Fiorina's by a narrow margin. Additionally, despite Fiorina's claim that Boxer's hair is "so yesterday," young people actually widely preferred Boxer's hair. » 7/28/10 11:42am 7/28/10 11:42am

Why The Sunday Talk Shows Are Light On Women

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz disputed on Meet The Press yesterday that this is a "Year Of The Woman." It was a rare pronouncement — in part because it came from a female elected official on a Sunday show. » 6/14/10 10:00am 6/14/10 10:00am

Carly Fiorina Is Sorry That You Overheard Her Comments About Barbara…

California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has produced a solid non-apology for her remarks about Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair, noting that she was simply quoting something "a friend" had said, and stating "I regret the whole situation." [Politico] » 6/13/10 11:50am 6/13/10 11:50am

Carly Fiorina Will Not Apologize To Barbara Boxer, Or Her Hair

Carly Fiorina declined to apologize to Barbara Boxer or her hair, saying, "My goodness, my hair's been talked about by a million people, you know? It sort of goes with the territory." She did apologize to Sean Hannity. [WP, Politico] » 6/10/10 5:30pm 6/10/10 5:30pm

Carly Fiorina's Mean Girl Moment And Another "Year Of The Woman"

"Saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says, 'God what is that hair?' So yesterday." That would be her Senate opponent Carly Fiorina, caught on a hot mic. Catfight! » 6/10/10 9:40am 6/10/10 9:40am

Barbara Boxer Invokes Salt-N-Pepa Principle As Congressional Saga…

Senator Barbara Boxer isn't playing around. Laying out a logical case against Ben Nelson's amendment - which is really Stupak 2.0 - she blows off all the discussion of riders in favor of real talk on gender discrimination and privacy. » 12/08/09 10:00am 12/08/09 10:00am