The Shriver Report – Get the Latest Published Shriver Report
Get the Latest Published Shriver Report


A Woman’s Nation has released its third in a series of Shriver Reports, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, in partnership with the Center for American Progress.

The print edition of A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, to be published on March 11, 2014, is available for preorder from Amazon here and from Barnes & Noble here.

The Kindle eBook edition of the report can be downloaded here. Amazon’s Kindle can be downloaded via the Kindle app, which is available on:

  • Smartphones: iPhone & iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
  • Computers: Mac, Windows 8, Windows 7, XP & Vista
  • Tablets: iPad, Android, Windows 8

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.

The report is a product of A Woman’s Nation™ and the Center for American Progress. For more research on women and the economy, go to

Here’s a look at what is included in the 400-page, comprehensive report, which includes essays from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, LeBron James, Jada Pinkett Smith, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg.


The Shriver Report:
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

Table of Contents

Julie’s Story

Preface By Neera Tanden



Powerful and Powerless By Maria Shriver


When We Were 9, We Were Honest By Carol Gilligan, Ph.D.

Gender Equality Is a Myth! By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Time to Wake Up: Stop Blaming Poverty on the Poor By Barbara Ehrenreich

Are Women Devalued by Religions? By Sister Joan Chittister


A Woman’s Place Is in the Middle Class By Heather Boushey and Unpaid and Undervalued Care Work Keeps Women on the Brink


The Gender Wage Gap: A Civil Rights Issue for Our Time By Maya Harris

Making the Care Economy a Caring Economy By Ai-jen Poo

Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Broke By Danielle Moodie-Mills

The Changing Face of American Women By Angela Glover Blackwell

Empowering Latinas By Eva Longoria


Marriage, Motherhood, and Men By Ann O’Leary


America’s Working Single Mothers: An Appreciation By LeBron James

To the Brink and Back By Catherine Emmanuelle

Marriage and Children: Another View By Ron Haskins

What About the Fathers? By Dr. Kathryn Edin

A Call to Men: Ending Men’s Violence Against Women By Tony Porter

Women and Poverty: The Role of Lawyers and Family Law By John Bouman and Wendy Pollack

Evolution of the Modern American Family By Stephanie Coontz


Get Smart: A 21st Century Education By Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale and Dr. Nicole Smith


Turning Poverty Around: Training Parents to Help Their Kids By Jennifer Garner

Living the Head Start Dream By Almeta Keys

Preschool for All: The Path to America’s Middle-Class Promise By Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Afterschool Programs: Investing in Our Cities by Investing in Our Kids By Mayor Betsy Price

Higher Education: Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty By Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D.

Nikki’s Story


The Consequences of Living on the Brink


The Chronic Stress of Poverty: Toxic to Children By Nadine Burke Harris, M.D.

The Trap: Mental Illness and Women in Poverty By Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.

Armed and Vulnerable: Women in the U.S. Military By Sonya Borrero, M.D.

Human Trafficking and Slavery in the United States: ‘You Don’t See the Chains’ By Jada Pinkett Smith

Britani’s Story


A New America that Cares By Anne-Marie Slaughter


America’s Promise, One Woman at a Time By Marianne Cooper, Ph.D.


Putting Women at the Center of Policymaking By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad, and introducing the Shriver Corps


We Have Blown a Huge Hole in Our Safety Net By Peter Edelman

The Circle of Protection: Balancing the Budget Does Not Require Burdening the Poor By Leith Anderson

From VISTA Corps to Shriver Corps: Providing Solutions for 50 Years By Shirley Sagawa

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out By Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter

On the Brink with a Disabled Child By Katie Bentley


What If Employers Put Women at the Center of Their Workplace Policies? By Ellen Galinsky, James T. Bond, and Eve Tahmincioglu, and introducing the Thrive Index


Smart Business: Reviving the American Dream By Howard Schultz

Empower Women and You Recharge the World By Muhtar Kent

Microfinancing Women: Great Return on Investment By Tory Burch


Personal Action, Collective Impact By Anne Mosle and introducing Life Ed


When Working Women Thrive, Our Nation Thrives By Sheryl Sandberg

When Women Achieve Their Full Potential, So Will America By Senator Kirsten Gillibrand


Where Do We Go from Here? By Olivia Morgan and Karen Skelton

10 Things You Can Do to Power A Woman’s Nation

Increasing Economic Opportunities for Women: The Right Thing to Do and the Smart Thing to Do By Hillary Rodham Clinton

Failure to Adapt to Changing Families Leaves Women Economically Vulnerable By Anna Greenberg, David Walker, Alex Lundry, and Alicia Downs

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  • The Good News

    I’m pushing back. About to be 40, husband has a dead end job but all the Faith and Will in the world, trying to feed my family every day on pennies (literally). Seriously, there was nothing but ice and milk in the frig yesterday and no toilet paper. But thing s are going to get better as soon as I start my new job. Having a 8 month old is tough because it’s hard to find someone that you can trust to take care of your child the way you would. But it’s the reality that I must work to help support this family. All the while suffering from a massive skin disorder and migraines daily. God willing, I can do it!


      Stay Strong !!

      • The Good News

        thank you, I’m trying.

  • twinsfan1100

    Prior to the election, Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democratic Party caucus in the House, yelled, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!” in response to a question about the platform for the Democratic Party in 2012. After the election Pelosi forgot her pledge, and the rest of the Democratic Party ignored her pledge.

    Pelosi, Barack Obama, and the Democratic Party convened the Gang of Eight, led by Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin to concoct an immigration bill that will allow even more immigrant workers from low cost labor centers to enter the country to take jobs that would have otherwise been held by US workers. In addition to the legalization of 11 illegal immigrants, Chuck Schumer’s immigration bill will allow 50 million workers from low cost labor centers to enter the country in the next decade when this country already has 20 million unemployed or underemployed workers. Half of US workers live on subsistence wages or less. The participation of US workers in the US workforce has been in decline for over a decade and continues to decline, largely because low cost immigrant workers are displacing US workers. That is the result of current law. Schumer and the Democrats plan to expand immigration. Their immigration bill is an ANTI-jobs bill.

    For the entire legislative year of 2013, the Democratic Party has focused on this ANTI-jobs program and it looks like they will spend the entire 2014 legislative year doing the same. When Nancy Pelosi supports a “Jobs” program, US workers need to beware.

  • Sarae Bettany

    I hate to moan, but a pdf format might have been nice – not all of us can use the Kindle software. (Okay, i’m British, secretly we LOVE to moan!)

  • microcosm8

    Women in America should boycott sex with men until women are given total
    equality. Stupid bitches! I’m an equal opportunity hater.

  • Cady Stanton

    No PDF? Seriously, poor women don’t have Kindles or the time to deal with Amazon, downloading apps, and all that.

    • solarseed

      Yes, amazing given that ACCESS is the thing we are trying to provide.

  • Pete Thottam

    Thanks. I just downloaded the report via Kindle Cloud on Amazon for free. Plan to read soon.

  • Real Solutions

    Very disappointing this is being sold. Why not make this freely available? Is there a serious interest in addressing
    this issue and searching for workable sustainable solutions or is this just an
    attempt to raise money for short term gain?

  • Kelli Wheeler

    I love how you don’t just identify a problem but offer solutions and actions. So exciting that everyone is talking about this. Looking forward to delving deeper into The Shriver Report. What a great follow-up to The Women’s Conference!

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