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Joanne Bamberger is an author, strategist and attorney who is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She writes the popular blog PunditMom, and contributes political commentary at Huffington Post, POLITICO Arena, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and more. She is the founder and publisher of the site, The Broad Side, a magazine of women's opinion commentary.

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5 Most Talked About Moms in 2011

By Joanne Bamberger |

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It’s that time of year when lists are all the rage — who was the best, the worst, the most controversial?

Year-end lists always make for good discussion starters, whether we agree with them or not.  Of course, there are some good lists right here at Babble, but often women in general, and mothers in particular, are overlooked unless women are the ones compiling them. Lists are a way of measuring certain accomplishments and influence.

So this list-mania got me thinking that maybe we needed just one more  — a list about which moms we were talking about most in 2011.  Which mothers gave us the juiciest material for outrage or the meatiest food for thought?  Of course, there are plenty and it was hard to narrow it down to five, but here are my nominations for Most Talked About Moms in 2011!

Who would you add to the list?

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5 Most Talked About Moms in 2011

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Amy Chua, the "Tiger Mother." Chua ignited the latest skirmish in the mommy wars with her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, in which she described her extreme parenting methods, including making her toddler stand out in below-freezing temperatures until she agreed to her mother's multi-hour piano practicing demands. Image (CC) Larry D. Moore

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Joanne Bamberger is a writer, strategist and attorney who is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She writes the popular blog PunditMom, and contributes political commentary at Huffington Post, POLITICO Arena, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and more.

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4 thoughts on “5 Most Talked About Moms in 2011

  1. Faiqa says:

    My favorite thing about this list is that it’s a diverse range of women, representing various groups, identities and politics. Truly excellent. I think there’s a lot of deemphasis on the role that motherhood plays in the development of one’s career and goals. Not to say mothers are better, but that certainly the paradigms are different.

    Okay, and I HAVE to say this because it’s a hot button for me… Is it accurate to characterize Michelle Bachmann as someone who is “taking on the male establishment”? I must stress my own personal bias here to be fair, but my research of this candidate indicates that she’s kind of reinforcing a lot of the principles of a male establishment. Hillary? Now there’s someone who has challenged the male establishment.

  2. Meryl@PlaydatePlanet says:

    What about Michele Obama? Maybe what’s so great about her as a mom is that she is not talked about much in that context. Nor are her children. She has done a wonderful job raising them out of the spotlight.

  3. Faiqa, I’m glad you enjoyed the list. It is hard to narrow things down to five, but I thought these were interesting! I think Bachmann sees herself as a challenger to the establishment, even though she works within it most of the time.

    Meryl, I didn’t include Michelle Obama in my five just because so much of the talk about her recently has been about her body size and her shopping trips! But she is always talked about!

  4. Pedro says:

    - I want to hear the story behind this cake, it is asmowee and intriguing. Seriously though- your work is fantastic. That shot looking under the awning, with the arch and the sky above them, just blew me away. You’re fantastic.

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