The Shriver Report Snapshot

Built on the important legacy of The Shriver Report Project — Special Editions, Maria Shriver introduces a new quick-dive, high-impact brand of reporting and analysis to our changing global landscape. The Shriver Report Snapshots paint a real-time picture of contemporary cultural issues, inform through cutting-edge survey results, inspire engagement with targeted challenges and ignite stereotype-cracking dialogue.

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The Shriver Report — Special Editions

The Shriver Report initiative raises awareness, ignites conversations and inspires impact around the defining issues and fundamental changes facing modern women and their families. The Shriver Report Special Editions: Informing a new way forward.

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The Envelope Please

The Envelope Please™ initiative is designed to encourage and enable hotel guests to express their gratitude by leaving tips and notes of thanks for hotel room attendants in designated envelopes provided in hotel rooms. Because hotel guests do not always see or interact with room attendants, their hard work is many times overlooked when it comes to tipping. The Envelope Please makes leaving them a gratuity simple and secure and enables person-to-person support. A Woman’s Nation is excited to have Marriott International as the first partner.

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Fund a 21st Century Boss -- Microlending to Women Entrepreneurs

Continuing what she began as First Lady of California, Maria Shriver and A Woman’s Nation have partnered with Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website, to empower thousands of women across America to become more financially independent. The partnership shows that every loan you make to a woman entrepreneur – even $25 – will make a real difference.

How does it work? First, join the A Woman’s Nation Microlending Team on Second, look at the featured entrepreneur of the month and make a microloan as little as $25 to support her small business. Then, watch as you get updated on the progress of your loan, including repayments. (Overall, borrowers on Kiva have a 98.9% repayment rate.) Those repayments are yours to keep—you can either withdraw them or grow your impact by supporting another deserving entrepreneur with the same funds! Kiva borrowers receive micro loans at a 0% interest rate. Learn more about how it works.

The U.S. woman entrepreneur featured by A Woman’s Nation each month also takes its 21st Century Boss Pledge. Are you an entrepreneur? Take the pledge today!

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The Shriver Corps

Inspired by The Shriver Report:  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the BrinkA Woman’s Nation is partnering with LIFT, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Bank of America to launch a new national service program, The Shriver Corps, utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to lift people out of poverty in low-income communities across the country. Over three years, twenty Shriver AmeriCorps VISTA fellows will serve full-time at LIFT sites in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, DC.

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The Women's Conference: Convening The Greatest Hearts and Minds

Hosted by Maria Shriver when she was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010, The Women’s Conference was the nation’s premier forum for women, empowering them to be Architects of Change in their own lives, their communities and the world. In 2010 alone, more than 150 of the world’s greatest voices, hearts and mind came together with 30,000 women to be educated, inspired and empowered. The Women’s Conference was also a global online community, where more than one million women gathered to learn how to truly change the world.

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The Minerva Awards: Remarkable Women, Remarkable Legacies

Created by Maria Shriver in 2004 when she was California’s First Lady, The Minerva Awards became the country’s most prestigious awards given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California, the nation and the world. Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards honored 33 remarkable women and granted more than $500,000 to further their work.

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