Maria Shriver Talks Women's Issues with President


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Yesterday we reported that pop star Beyonce contributed a well-written excerpt to Maria Shriver's "The Shriver Report," which highlights women's issues in America. She focused mainly on the imbalance between men and women's salaries and the inequalities within the workforce.

Well today, Shriver and President Barack Obama will sit down to discuss the poverty issue that surround many women these days, and Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said the President looks forward to seeing Shriver's latest report, "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink," so he can learn even more about the problem, and read what the report specifically says.

"As the President knows well, investing in and supporting women over their lifetimes is one of the best ways to tackle income inequality and achieve greater social mobility," said Carney. "And he looks forward to learning about the findings of the report."

In the report's introduction, Shriver said that although many American women continue to work hard, become more educated and seem to be doing everything right, many still can't get a financial leg up to better their situation or their families.

"These are not women trying to have it all," wrote Shriver. "These are women who are already doing it all, working hard, providing, parenting and care-giving. They're doing it all, yet they and their families can't prosper, and that's weighing the U.S. economy down."

The people who work on "The Shriver Report" gather information from several American colleges and universities to create their data, and they also speak to community leaders, financial experts, and everyday women who struggle with their finances on a regular basis. Shriver also reached out to several celebrities to write excerpts for the report, and some include Eva Longoria, Hillary Clinton, Lebron James and of course Beyonce.

Sadly, the report shows that one-third of women in the U.S. are either living in poverty or close to it, so the report is timely not only for that reason, but also because President Obama is supposed to touch on the poverty issue as a whole in his next State of the Union address.

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