Meredith O'Brien
Do you pay attention to how the mom characters are portrayed on your favorite TV shows? Loathe the so-called "mommy wars" on which the news media love to focus? Each week, Meredith O'Brien's Working Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column provides a reality check on how TV shows, movies, and the media depict moms. A longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien formerly taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum and writes the Picket Fence Post blog for GateHouse Media. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien

Film Star versus Groundbreaking Politician.

“My name is Geraldine Ferraro. I stand before you to proclaim tonight: America is the land where dreams can come true for all of us.” – Geraldine Ferraro, at 1984 Democratic National Convention. more

Elizabeth Taylor: Working Mom.

When Elizabeth Taylor died this past week, I was dazzled by the old photos of her that appeared in newspapers and web sites alongside tributes to the famed actress. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was not only considered gorgeous but she was most definitely viewed as box office gold. more

Calvin and Hobbes: What's Old is New Again.

My 9-year-old son came home from his elementary school book fair clutching two collections of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comics asking me if I’d ever heard of them ‘cause he thought they were, and I’m quoting here, “Awesome.” more

Mars Needs Moms: Story with a Moral or Just Silly?

At least this was one Disney movie where the mom wasn’t dead and there was no “evil” step-mom who harassed the hero of the film. more

Nannygate on "The Good Wife."

The Good Wife has a nanny problem. More specifically, all the candidates for the fictional Illinois state’s attorney post had a nanny problem, except for the husband of the main character, Peter Florrick. more

Miley Cyrus: The Imperfection of Teenage Stardom.

My 12-year-old daughter gestured to the March issue of Marie Claire that was sitting on my desk.“Have you looked through that? Looked at the pictures?” she asked.“No, not yet,” I said, eyeing Miley Cyrus on the cover next to the headline, “I’m sorry. I never, ever said I was perfect.”


Tina Fey : Work or Family?

Reading Tina Fey’s provocative New Yorker essay about how much pressure she was feeling to give her 5-year-old daughter a sibling raised a number of work-life issues about which I’ve been pondering over the past week. more

Feminism in Big Love.

As she lay in her hospital bed, fearful that her cancer was going to kill her, she was emotionally blackmailed into turning her loving, monogamous marriage, which had seen the birth of three children, into a polygamist one. more

Politics and Families Don't Mix.

Just a few months back, we wrapped up a mid-term election season in which several, prominent female pols were promoted as “mama grizzlies” who not only protect their own children, but vowed to watch over the voters’ kids as well. more

The Company Men: A Horror Flick?

I recently saw the new Ben Affleck/Tommy Lee Jones/Chris Cooper film, The Company Men and it was highly unsettling on a number of fronts. more

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