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Borders books’ Christine Bronstein aims to boost women in publishing

Mary Enbom, September 14, 2018, Marin Independent Journal

“Bronstein partnered this year with Deborah Santana, (Carlos Santana’s ex-wife), to narrow the company’s focus to authors and artists who are women of color. The pair published the company’s second anthology of essays this year, written solely by women of color. Santana and actress America Ferrera contributed to the book, All the Women in My Family Sing, which covers everything from mothering a sick child, to the Muslim travel ban, to South Africa’s Apartheid.” [Read the full story here]

Is Christine Bronstein The Most Powerful Woman In Politics?

Justine Harman, March 4, 2014, Elle Magazine

“‘I feel like sometimes we lean in, sometimes we lean out,’ says Christine Bronstein, the 40-year-old founder of ABOW, a San Francisco-based social network for women that counts Maria Shriver, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and actress Connie Nielsen among its 7,100 members. Clad in a graphic print T-shirt, a fitted, gunmetal blazer, and distressed denim, she looks more like an Intermix mannequin than a whip who rallies ranks around various causes including, most recently, women’s rights.” [Read the full story here]

New career strategies for a new year

Elizabeth Garone, December 23, 2013, BBC Capital

“…Find the right balance of online and in-person networking, said A Band of Women’s Bronstein. “Only connecting online and not in person is a major mistake,’ she said.” [Read the full story here]


Miller: Effective use of networking groups can get you results

Lee Miller, November 3, 2013, The Star-Ledger

Christine Bronstein, a Columbia Business School graduate and former CEO of one of the few women-run, venture-backed health and fitness companies, founded a networking group after finding herself a new stay-at-home mom. [Read the full story here]

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Our Sisters, Ourselves: “The Power of Positive Female Connection”

Judith A. Ross, January 15, 2013  Women’s Voices For Change

Dig into the yellow-and-black-covered Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection and you’ll likely experience a similar jolt of sisterly camaraderie. The essays, poems, and art within its pages cover the gamut of our experiences, from self-love to friendship; modern motherhood to Mother Earth; from “finding yourself” to challenges of race and culture; and from overcoming obstacles to making mischief. The book provides moments of recognition, a few Aha’s, and some eye-opening stories. [Read the full story here]

The Power of Positive Female Connection

Michael Krasny, December 6, 2012, Forum

Christine Bronstein says the word “friend” isn’t adequate to describe the women in her life. Instead, she calls them her “wives”: the women who supported her through marriage, divorce and postpartum depression. Now Bronstein says that sisterhood can make women stronger as a whole — and she’s turned it into a private social network called A Band of Wives. [Listen to the entire interview here]

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Girl Talk

California Style Magazine, December, 2012

A week after Evan and I met in person, he invited me to Jason’s little league game. Then, out of nowhere, something came toward me, and my infatuation turned into panic. It was…Dana, the ex-wife. Where can I hide? [Read the full essay here]

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16 Great Reads to Gift the Bookworm

Teen Vogue, November 19, 2012.

A book isn’t as flashy of a present as a digital camera or designer heels, but it’s a gift that has enduring value. We’ve rounded up the new releases: fashion books about the industry’s top players, how-to beauty guides, best-selling young adult novels (several of which are being adapted for the big screen), and titles that will provide inspiration to budding activists. [View the entire slideshow here]

Ariana Huffington tweets in support of Nothing But The Truth

Huffington Post founder Ariana Huffington tweeted support of and a link to Nothing But The Truth, So Help Me God to her 1,070,198 followers on October 31, 2012.

.@abandofwives: “we know that women change each other’s lives just bybeing there for one another”

Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection

Gabrielle Bernstein, October 31, 2012.

I love the diversity on display in Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God. You’re not reading about just one woman’s experience and perspective—51 women contributed their stories and artwork. The women represent different races and ethnicities, come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and range from “starving” artists to celebrities. (I had to put starving in quotes because these are abundant women!) I know many of these women personally and am honored to call them my friends. If you’re seeking authentic inspiration and radiant truth, this is the book you should be reading! [Read the full post here]

Why Female Friendships Are Like Oxygen

Lissa Rankin, Owning PinkCare 2Blogher,Psychology Today, and Positively Positive, October 30, 2012.

When I started Owning Pink and Chris started A Band of Wives, both of us were in need of healing – her from postpartum depression, me from a series of tragic losses and a multitude of health problems. Little did we know at the time, but the scientific data proves that reaching out to other women as part of the healing process was the smartest medicine we could have prescribed for ourselves. [Read the full story here]

A Band of Wives brings women together

Nellie Bowles, The San Francisco Chronicle, October 30 2012

“I had this idea of what Marin would be like – they’re all gonna be rich and snooty. When I got here, Chris opens the door and shouts ‘Wife!’ and runs out and gives me this huge hug, like a really real hug,” says Radan, recounting the day she came to show her handmade jewelry to Bronstein. “Here it’s Chris Bronstein. She could lead a life that was easy-peasy and never get involved in messy lives, but she chooses to reach out like this. And she’s created something that has changed a lot of lives.” [Read the full story here]

The Community Builder

7×7, Hot 30 Issue, October 30, 2012

This month marks the publication of ABOW’s first annual anthology of writings by women. Called Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God, the premier edition is all about female connections. Authors, including Joyce Maynard and Deborah Santana, discuss everything from motherhood to racism. Since Bronstein believes all women must have a voice, the book’s website will allow users to submit their stories and order custom copies with their words in print. “My philosophy is to support the women in our own backyard,” she says. [Read the full profile here]

Moms Speak Up for Clean Air

Dominique Browning,  Ms. Magazine blog, October 24, 2012

We are new moms with tiny babies. We are moms carting our kids to soccer games and school events. We are older moms whose children have grown up and moved away. We are grandmoms enjoying our new grandchildren. Some of us are not moms at all, but we honor our own mothers who taught us about fair play and sharing. We may be past having hot flashes, but we’re all having flashes of rage. How dare the polluters and politicians attempt to get away with compromising our lives and the lives our children? [Read the full essay here]

Woman of Substance: Christine Bronstein, the Borders Heiress Empowering Women through Social Network Band of Wives

Angella Sprauve, March 18, 2012, Haute Living

“If we stop focusing on our differences and start finding points of connection with the women right in our backyards, we can change the world.” This is the mantra of Christine Bronstein, founder and CEO of A Band of Wives, a booming social support network focused on connecting and empowering women of all backgrounds. [Read the full story here]

Are We Competitors? Or, Can We Be Friends?

Shasta Nelson, March 2, 2012, Crave

Christine Bronstein and I both had heard of each other. Numerous times. We both founded women’s communities that are rooted in the SF Bay Area so it seemed we were destined to be competitors. Our names appeared simultaneously in articles and we both kept tabs on each other from a distance. Not proud of it, but I’ll just come right out and admit that I was jealous of her. [Read the full story here]

My Interview With Christine Bronstein

Peggy Butler, February, 2012, Success and Chocolate

You’re the founder of, a fabulous and super-successful social and information website for women. You also blog for Huffington Post, and you’re the mother of three young children. Previously, you were CEO of a health and fitness company, and president of a foundation. How have you achieved all of this? What makes you excel at what you do? [Read the full story here]

My part in ‘Finding Kind’

Rebekah Sweeney, September 6, 2011, That Magazine

I was on one of my favorite women’s bonding sites, A Band of Wives, when I saw a video; I never pass up a video. This one is about “mean girls,” as the phenomenon has come to be known. As I watch I think of myself as a young girl and remember…[Read the full story here]

An agent’s message: another “Miss Representation”

Linda Frank, Tues, September 13th, 2011, After The Auction – Book Travail and Travel

I tried to get into this conference playing all my political and volunteer cards: HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, a Hillary/Bill “cause”) USA vice-chair; American Jewish Committee Asia-Pacific Institute board member; NCJW ex-national board member. Contacts with my congressperson, Nancy Pelosi’s, DC office. Nada, no dice. Nothing worked. Until I got an email from A Band of Wives, a women’s networking/action/support group I recently joined after learning about when I went to a political event, and everyone I met there seemed to be a member. [Read the full story here]

A Band of Wives and a few wallflowers

Sally Kuhlman, Sat July 16, 2011, Sally Around The Bay

On Thursday night a large group of women descended upon Mill Valley. There were so many beautiful women arriving, the town couldn’t contain itself and erupted in excitement. [Read the full story here]

Viewer Tracy Chiles McGhee is One Inspired Woman

Brooke Shelby Biggs, Wed April 27, 2011, Independent Lens Blog

Well, I was born in Chicago, grew up in Mt. Holly, Arkansas where my mother is from, and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in middle school. After high school, I came to Washington DC to attend Georgetown University, stayed to attend Catholic University Law School, and then landed my first job as a public interest lawyer. I’ve been here since with no immediate plans to relocate. After practicing disability rights law for several years, I made a career transition in 2010. Now I’m a project coordinator for a major grant, the founder and executive director of a nonprofit called WOMANIFESTING, a published writer with a novel-in-progress, and last but not least, I am a tenured Cool Mama to my precious daughter Sasha. [Read all of Tracy’s interview here]

How Female Friends Can Save Your Life
Vanessa Scotto, Wed, Apr 20, 2011 , Map2Self:Womens Tales From the Road Less Traveled, Blog Talk Radio

The word “friend” has been so tainted by “frenemies” and other ideas of female animosity that we have culturally lost the beautiful appreciation of female friendship. Christine Bronstein, founder, believes that in order to thrive we need to have a rich community of women that we feel connected to. From personal tales to scientific research, Christine will share her wisdom on why positive female friendships are necessary. [Listen to the audio report here]

Get a Wife: A Marin-based website connects a myriad of women, married or not

Mimi Towle, February 2011, Marin Magazine

With cyber-Cupids out in force this month, the platonic promise of online networks deserves a look. Just how are we making and keeping friends in 2011? As of January, Facebook had 500 million users, each with an average of 130 “friends”; the twittosphere was atweet with 175 million users; LinkedIn was at 80 million members strong. But for all the typing and tapping, one has to wonder, are these meta-networks as vapid as the ethernet from which they sprung? Or are they truly the virtual coffee shops pundits have called the face of friendship to come? [Read the full story here]

Stories of gratitude

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT, October 15, 2010,

I recently observed a thread titled, “Be Nice,”posted in A Band of Wives, a fantastic organization providing virtual/direct support and connection for women. [Read the full story here]

War of words between Cooley, Harris campaigns heats up in AG race

Marisa Lagos, Sept 27, 2010, SFGate

On Friday, the pro-choice Harris held a news conference in SF where she called on the Republican to “clarify his stance on women’s health and choice issues” accusing him of “consistently” refusing to do so. (At the event, Harris also scored the endorsement of NARAL, a pro-choice group who couldn’t get an answer out of Cooley.) The issue got some attention after a blog post by Christine Bronstein, wife of former Chron editor Phil. [Read the full story here]

Internet Entrepreneurs in Marin?

Mimi Towle, July 19, 2010, In Marin

Last week, I tagged along with my husband, Pete to a Marin Internet Entrepreneur, (MIE) gathering at The Half Day Cafe in Kentfield. The perfect warm summer night and great food was expected, but the eclectic group of techy-minded folks was a fun surprise. I chatted with John Battelle about how to attract ads to my wimpy blog and spoke with Christine Bronstein about her new venture, Band of Wives. As a CFO consultant, Pete has taken his Eurovan (mobile office) down HWY 280 hundreds of times to Silicon Valley, and it was interesting to meet a group of others who work in the Internet industry, yet call Marin home. [Read the full story here]

Let’s Collaborate, Not Compete

Lissa Rankin, July 12, 2010, Owning Pink

Yesterday I got some very disturbing news. A doctor who used to be my teacher sent a letter (via her lawyers) ordering me to stop using the phrase “What’s Up Down There” — which just happens to be the title of my upcoming book. This doctor claims that she has trademarked this phrase, although her name never popped up on Google when former Editor-in-Pink Joy coined the catchy book title (after my publishers nixed the title I wanted to use — Coochie Confidential). In fact, if you Google search “What’s Up Down There,” Owning Pink comes up on the first page, and this doctor doesn’t appear at all. [Read the full story here]

Gates Foundation: Charity and abortion

Sheila Liaugminas, June 25, 2010, Shelia Reports

Bill and Melinda Gates do a lot of great humanitarian work. They also fund services that end nascent human life. But they say they won’t directly fund abortion. The controversy continues…[Read the full story here]

A friendly reminder: In a world of overbooked lives, we must squeeze in time for that most cherished of wonders: a tried-and-true pal

Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune, June 27, 2010, republished in The Providence Journal on July 3, 2010

Face it, folks. In too many lives, it’s the first thing to go –; not dropped, mind you, just shoved to the side. And, most often, it’s the one thing you utterly, truly, essentially need.
We’re talking friends. True friends. Through-thick-and-thin friends.
The one you can call at 6 in the morning, sobbing. Or the one you can dial at midnight, shrieking with out-of-bounds joy. [Read the full story here]

Melinda Gates Can’t Run From the Abortion Controversy

Sarah Wildman, Politics Daily, June 14, 2010

You might think that donating $1.5 billion to global maternal and infant health would beget global cheering. Perhaps a small island named after you. Children given your name. Songs sung in your honor. But nothing is so easy and apolitical. Nothing, especially, in the world of women’s health. [Read the full story here]

New Social Networking Site Thinks Women Need Wives, Too

Ami Angelowicz, The Frisky, May 25, 2010

A new social networking site wants to re-brand female friendship. Frenemies, be gone! Bye, bye BFFs. Hello “wives.” It’s the newest term for your closest lady friends and allies. [Read the full story here]

Beautiful friendship

Bruce Newman, The San Jose Mercury News, May 23, 2010

It is the last line from one of Hollywood’s most fabled love stories. As two men disappear into a veil of fog at the end of “Casablanca,” Rick Blaine tells the French police captain at whom he had moments earlier been pointing a gun, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
In our collective imagination, Louis and Rick remain BFFs. Even as love eludes the movie’s haunted hero, he stumbles upon something that audiences instinctively seem to know will endure longer, and make him happier, than romance: true friendship. [Read the full story here]

Alexandra C. Trower of The Esteé Lauder Companies, Phil Bronstein of Hearst and Christine Bronstein, founder of A Band of Wives, Named Co-Chairs of International Women’s Media Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Steering Committee

Lindsey Wray, International Women’s Media Foundation, May 5, 2010

The International Women’s Media Foundation today announced that Alexandra C. Trower, executive vice president, global communications of The Esteé Lauder Companies Inc.; Phil Bronstein, editor-at-large for Hearst Newspapers, and Christine Bronstein, founder of A Band of Wives, a social networking Internet site, have been named co-chairs of the IWMF’s 20th Anniversary Steering Committee.
As co-chairs of the 20th Anniversary Steering Committee, Trower and the Bronsteins will serve as “ambassadors” for the IWMF with the goal of broadening the organization’s reach by organizing events across the country to showcase the IWMF’s work to a larger audience and increasing the IWMF’s international network to include more supporters. [Read the full story here

It ain’t just for brothers, look out for A Band of Wives

Kim Milata-Daniels, YoLadies!, March 15, 2010

Most of us who live anywhere east of San Francisco tend to associate the city with hippies and earthquakes. It is glorified by some as being the Mecca of open-mindedness and vilified by others as being the roiling hell of all that’s wrong with the world. And well, both sides think of earthquakes. However you see it though, there is no denying that there is definitely some quaking and social movement going on with San Francisco women. They’re on the march, but this isn’t your Mama’s feminism.
Meet Chris Bronstein and Christina Friedman, Founders of A Band of Wives, a social networking site for women to support, promote, help, and inspire one another. [Read the full story here]

Gina’s 5 Things: The Personal Weekly Radar Of Splendora Founder Gina Pell

Gina Pell,, February 12, 2010

Here’s an interesting site I joined after hearing about if from one of my best girlfriends: A Band of Wives. [Read the full story here]