It’s Not a Man’s World or a Woman’s Nation
October 15, 2009You're going to be seeing a multimedia blitz about a new national study of women's status called The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. Gloria Steinem gives you a preview of this project created by Maria Shriver and a D.C. think tank, and suggests ways you can use it and also judge its success. For the first time in the history of the United States, half of all people on payrolls are women. This big landmark is the centerpiece of The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, a newly released 400-plus page study that includes a national poll of changing attitudes among women and men, and two dozen essays from experts on various aspects of women's status, including Billie Jean King, Oprah and others who have lived it.
From the Shriver Report:
One essay in the report, "A Second, Quiet Revolution," is by Dan Mulhern, author, radio talk show host and First Gentleman of Michigan, husband of Governor Jennifer Granholm. He writes:
I am profoundly grateful that women fought for the right to live and lead in the public spaces outside the home. The struggle has been epic, fought on many fronts—political, academic, economic and more.... and the country has been blessed with an extraordinary influx of long-lost talent....Women have won a new opportunity not only for themselves but for men. Men now have the chance to be great supporters of powerful women, to relate to them in whole new ways, to nurture and empathize with our children, and central to it all, to develop our own full humanity. So, I say thanks to the feminists, the suffragettes, the quiet courageous women, and the good men who opened two-way doors to exciting new worlds.