Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues
January 13th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
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Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will on Tuesday discuss a topic he is familiar with from his childhood – American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time.

Raised by a single mother who was described as someone who struggled to pay the bills, Obama on Tuesday will meet with Maria Shriver, who is reporting on some 42 million women who she says live “one single incident – a doctor's bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down car – away from economic ruin."

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Shriver's latest investigation in her series from "The Shriver Report" is titled: "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink."

The report finds that women comprise up two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families. The average female earns 77 cents for every dollar pulled down by a man.

"The Shriver Report" lays out a series of policies objects such as a higher minimum wage, better opportunities for higher paying jobs, and improved access to professional networks.

"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 said on Monday.

The more than 400-page report includes essays from experts and celebrities like Eva Longoria, Beyoncé, LeBron James, Sheryl Sandberg, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Hillary Clinton.

It is the third investigation in a series which began in 2009.

"The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink" is a multi-faceted campaign which includes among initiatives, a free e-book, an HBO documentary, a comprehensive poll, and an education curriculum aimed at teaching young women life skills such as financial literacy, networking, and the importance of a college education.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jonathon Powelly

    America has pushed the "college education" as a panacea for all the ills in society. Not all women and men need to go to college. What Americans need are good paying blue collar jobs that were once the foundation of a thriving middle-class. Of course, STEM is critically important for our global leadership. That is an attractive path for some, but not all.

    January 13, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. thebrowns

    Will they be retrieving Ted from the grave. The biggest percentage of the poor are that way because we allow them to be that way. If there's no incentive to work and make strides for yourself because somebody else is doing it for you, what's the point?

    January 13, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. YUCK

    I just lost my mother do to medical malpractice and wrongful death and my mother's case still haven't been resolved.the hospital that my mother experienced the malpractice is (Downey regional hospital,Downey California .)my mother was my father and mom at the same time,my mother just recently passed 5 months ago.cherish your mom we only have one.

    January 13, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. YUCK

    We have a serious of medical malpractices here in the USA.

    January 13, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. James Countryman

    Seems to me women in poverty are also more inclined to chose abortion over birth. good point?

    January 14, 2014 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  6. bassman

    Curious isn't it. This poverty is coming under Pres. Obama's own leadership. No talk about that here. Millions more live in poverty, typical household incomes have not kept pace with inflation, and the federal debt is up nearly 90 percent and on pace to double before he leaves office.

    January 14, 2014 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  7. @RI_Roger

    This could have more significance if Michelle spoke rather than the President....oh, is she's still on vacation?

    January 14, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  8. Thomas

    Marco Rubio understands American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time.

    He is just waiting to tell us

    January 14, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |