A Woman’s Nation

For the past two years, I and a team of smart, talented people, in partnership with the Center for American Progress, have been working on the third edition of the Shriver Report, an examination of cultural transformations impacting American women and families.

This third installment A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is about the millions of hard working women who are struggling on the brink of economic insecurity.

The report is ready to be birthed (it will launch January 12) and I’m really proud of it. I’m also very grateful to all those who helped make it the incredible report that it is.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how these women inspire me.

With their work ethos, their optimism, their inner fortitude, their refusal to give up or give in. I learned so much from them, and I’m so determined to shine a light on their stories, their struggles, and most importantly, their dreams.

So many of these women don’t have a dime in the bank but they are rich in spirit, rich in determination, rich in their passion to create a better life for themselves and their sons and daughters.

I hope in this new year we all can pause and remember that we can each make a difference in someone’s future.

As a women said to me just the other day: “We all just need a chance.”

Watch the “Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nations Pushes Back from the Brink” trailer below, and sign up here for a free copy of the report on January 12.

About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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