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Top Democratic Moms You Should Know

Last week, the Republicans put together a diverse group of speakers and guests at their convention that included many women who happen to be mothers. Even though Ann Romney’s speech there left the impression that the GOP has cornered the market on loving moms (and their votes), the Democrats have plenty of mothers who hold elective office or are running who are being highlighted or will be attending the Charlotte convention, as well.

So after naming the Republicans last week, I figured it was only fair to do the same for the Democrats as their convention gets into full swing. Some names you’ll recognize and others might be new to you. So which ten caught my attention?

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz 1 of 10
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) - This mother of three isn't your typical lunch-packing mom in a pink sweatsuit (though a New York Times article a while back made her look that way). Wasserman Schultz is also the head of the Democratic National Committee, the powerful fundraising arm of the Democratic Party. If you don't live in Florida, you might recognize her name as one of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords good friends who kept fundraising efforts going in case Giffords had decided she was up for another electoral race following her shooting.
  • Donna Edwards 2 of 10
    Donna Edwards
    U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD)  -- This mom from Maryland is viewed as an up-and-coming presence in the Democratic Party. She's been a vocal advocate for reforming campaign finance laws, especially in this era of massive Super-PAC giving. Worried recently if people actually view members of Congress as they are portrayed in the current Will Ferrell movie "The Campaign." More seriously, she was a co-sponsor of the American Jobs Act, that would create jobs through an increase in infrastructure projects like building and maintaining roads and bridges.
  • Elizabeth Warren 3 of 10
    Elizabeth Warren
    U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren (MA)  - The mom of a grown daughter and grandmother of three, Elizabeth Warren was the sheriff who came to town to clean up financial fraud. Now she's running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. At the moment, she's in a dead heat in the race against current Senator Scott Brown. Recently, she's been in the news as she's been questioning GOP support for women and small business.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand 4 of 10
    Kirsten Gillibrand
    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)  - The junior U.S. Senator from New York is the mom of two young boys and a force to be reckoned with as she runs for re-election to the office that used to be Hillary Clinton's. She's only 45, so while she says she would love if Hillary ran for the White House in 2016, there's certainly enough time for her to toss her hat in the ring down the road for the White House. Gillibrand is also known for having a knack for social media -- she has an online effort called Off the Sidelines, that's mean to get more women involved in advocating for issues they care about. She's also started an online book club to get women talking about the issues, as well as holding Google + hang-outs to talk live with women around the country.
  • Jennifer Granholm 5 of 10
    Jennifer Granholm
    Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI) --  This mother of three was the Governor of Michigan, but is now progressive talk show host on Current TV. Always been on my short list as a woman who should run for president, but since she was born in Canada, she doesn't qualify as a "natural born" citizen as required by the Constitution.
  • Barbara Lee 6 of 10
    Barbara Lee
    U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA) - This mother of two grown sons has represented California's 9th District, which includes the city of Oakland, for 14 years, has introduced the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act, which calls for a federal review of all laws concerning HIV-related criminal prosecutions and is the co-chair of the recently formed Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.
  • Lilly Ledbetter 7 of 10
    Lilly Ledbetter
    Lilly Ledbetter -- This mother and grandmother is best known for the law that bears her name -- the first one that President Barack Obama signed into law as President. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensures that employees  -- women and men -- have more rights now to recover back pay if they discover they've been discriminated against because of gender. The Supreme Court had ruled against Ledbetter for not filing her pay discrimination case against her employer in a timely manner. But the only reason she ever found out she was getting paid less than men who were doing the same job? Someone left her an anonymous note.
  • Rosa DeLauro 8 of 10
    Rosa DeLauro
    U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT) - DeLauro, the mom of three grown children and four grandchildren, is also a longtime champion of fair pay for women. She has worked for years to get legislation passed that would update the Equal Pay Act -- the new legislation is called the Paycheck Fairness Act. According to a recent op-ed written by DeLauro, "[The Paycheck Fairness Act] ensures that employers who try to justify paying a man more than a woman for the same job must show that the disparity is not sex-based, but job-related and necessary. It prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who discuss or disclose their own salary information with their co-workers, and it strengthens the remedies available to wronged employees.
  • Darcy Burner 9 of 10
    Darcy Burner
    U.S. Congresswoman Darcy Burner (WA) - This mom of one young son wowed the crowd at this year's progressive Netroots Nation conference. With a degree in computer science and a former software developer, she's something of a tech geek.  One of her current projects is to develop a new smartphone app  that would allow consumers to score products based on criteria important to them, including whether the products were manufactured or sold by companies owned by those with opposing political views.
  • Nancy Pelosi 10 of 10
    Nancy Pelosi
    U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA) - The first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, five children and nine grandchildren. Currently the leader of the Democratic Party in the House, she has championed the way for mothers of young children to run for Congress by spearheading the effort to provide lactation rooms -- or as they've been called "boob cubes" -- in Congress so breastfeeding members of the House would have an comfortable place to nurse their babies, rather than having to find an empty conference room or an out of the way ladies' room.

 Who is your favorite Democratic woman this year?

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