This nation cannot have sustained economic prosperity and well-being until women’s central role is recognized and women’s economic health is used as a measure to shape policy.
So writes Maria Shriver in “The Female Face of Poverty ” The Atlantic Magazine
The article very concisely describes the importance of women to the economy, the ways in which our society is misaligned with that importance and a call for women of all demographic groups to become active in leading the needed changes. It is a powerful article that stems from a new study: “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink”, published with the Center for American Progress. It “explores the political, social, and cultural reasons for America’s economic gender inequality — and explains what can be done about it.”
You may have known the facts and the impact on women, but the call for solidarity and action by women is rarely articulated in the same context. This is a welcome recognition that we have the numbers to matter, the insight to know what will work and the obligation to overcome divisions that would undermine the leadership and support that women can contribute to the solutions. Kudos to Maria Shriver for this.
Here are key points and quotes from this first article in a series based on the new study: