Joan Blades is currently a political activist and blogger at Huffington Post
, where she writes frequently on family issues and motherhood in America. In 1987, she and her husband, Wes Boyd, launched a software company, Berkeley Systems, which produced a popular screensaver and the trivia game You Don't Know Jack
. They later sold the company, and in 1998, launched the political website Moveon.org
. Blades is co-author (with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner) of "The Motherhood Manifesto"
(2003), and has spearheaded two additional websites, Moms Rising
. Born in 1956 in Berkeley, California, Blades earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her law degree from Golden Gate Law School, where she has taught mediation.