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A Woman’s Nation: A Project of Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress

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Forbes/Karlyn Bowman—Maria Shriver and NBC Universal are teaming up for a week long programming series on the state of 21st-century U.S. women. (Starting Sunday night Oct 23rd)

The programs, which will be distributed on NBC Universal TV channels and online, are based on “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.” Shriver, the first lady of California and a former NBC News correspondent, conducted the study with the Center for American Progress. The series will premier this Sunday October 18th and run through the 23rd.

This week Maria Shriver will star in an NBC media extravaganza about women in today’s economy. In an interview with MSNBC, Shriver explained her interest, saying that her uncle John F. Kennedy had commissioned a study on women’s status half a century ago (which Eleanor Roosevelt chaired until her death), and she decided to update it.

In presenting the commission’s final reports in 1963, President Kennedy said “[W]e have an obligation to the skilled, the trained, the unusual women … [the] thousands of women getting out of college … to make full use of their powers.”

The nation had a long way to go. A few years after the president’s report, a Gallup poll reporter that 55% of those polled approved of a married woman earning money in business or industry if she has a husband capable of supporting her, but 40% still disapproved. A sea change in attitudes and in the preparations young women would make for the new world was in the offing.

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Center for American Progress—“We will take a hard look at how women are doing in the United States today and consider the central question of the role government, business, and faith organizations, as well as individual women and men should play in supporting women’s role now in the workforce and the U.S. economy,“ said John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. “We look forward to teaming up with Maria Shriver on this important work.”

Eleanor Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy discuss the Peace Corps, 1961.

Eleanor Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy discuss the Peace Corps, 1961.

The last expansive government project centered on women was conducted under the presidency of John F. Kennedy, who appointed Eleanor Roosevelt in 1961 to chair a commission to report on the status of women. A Woman’s Nation will report its findings to the nation, Congress, and President Obama, who recently signed an executive order to establish a council to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to address the needs of women and girls.

Examining ways to improve the lives of women in this country is a noble cause, and I congratulate Maria Shriver and CAP on launching this new venture,” said White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. “As a true leader in this area, Maria brings the perspective of a professional journalist, a working mother, and a caretaking daughter. Maria’s contributions to better understanding American women today are invaluable, and we look forward to the results of this work.”

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