Maria Shriver, Obama Meeting to Discuss Non-Profit's Report on Women

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Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 12:09 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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President Barack Obama is meeting with Maria Shriver to discuss the latest report put out by her non-profit media organization that highlights the lives of millions of women struggling to stay afloat.

Obama is expected to relate to the information Shriver is discussing because he was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, CNN reported.

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The Shriver Report, titled “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” is available for free on Amazon.com through Wednesday. 

The 557-page 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,” the Shriver Report's website said. 

"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, and he looks forward to learning about the findings of the report," White House spokesman Jay Carney told CNN Monday.

The report gathered research and interviewed experts and women “barely scraping by,” compiling a comprehensive look at the current situation and what needs to change, the organization’s website said. The Atlantic and the Center for American Progress are offering a live version of the Shriver Report Wednesday. The all-day program will feature leaders and women living the challenges to discuss the issue. It can be watched live on ShriverReport.org from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Time Magazine created “11 Surprising Facts about Women and Poverty” based on the report. The publication included that 42 million women and 28 million children live in poverty or close to poverty. Another fact: “More than half of the babies born to moms who are under 30 are born to unmarried mothers, and most of them are white.”

The Shriver Report created the hashtag #WhatWomenNeed on Twitter for women to document their thoughts online. 

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