It’s one of the questions every woman finds herself asking, either of herself or of another woman: how does she do it all? Women run businesses, homes, the carpool, the shopping lists, the car payment schedules. But while some women today are “having it all”, many more of us are “just hanging on.” Maria Shriver shares this special edition of The Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink” next week.
In The Shriver Report Maria says, “The new iconic image of the economically insecure American is a working mother dashing around getting ready in the morning, brushing her kid’s hair with one hand and doling out medication to her own aging mother with the other.” What she has described is literally my life. Wow, I’ve achieved icon status.
Based on a preview of the 400 page report you can expect to be blown away.
“The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to provide and parent in a nation that hasn’t kept pace with the modern realities of their lives. It combines research, analysis and ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks, essays by leading thinkers, stories of real women struggling with our modern economy, and a comprehensive poll.”
Contributing authors to the report include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, LeBron James, Jada Pinkett Smith, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg as well as many, many names you will not be familiar with. These are women who are like me, women like my neighbors, women like you.
Starting on Monday January 12th you can download a copy of this report for free via the Amazon Kindle App.
Next week NBC will be airing special coverage that will span across several days addressing the myth of having and doing it all. On The Today Show it will begin as, “a conversation about women balancing work, family and life as part of a three-day TODAY series, #DoingItAll.”
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Beyonce's essay is titled "Gender Equality Is A Myth!". I have my glass ready for the white feminist tears that will spring forth.