Week of January 12, 2014: We wanted to let our EHRP audience know about a new report, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” released this week with a framing essay by our own Barbara Ehrenreich:
This week, Maria Shriver in partnership with Center for American Progress, released “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” a report on the 1 in 3 American women in or on the brink of poverty, how we got here, why it matters, and government, business and personal solutions to push back. You can download the book for free until January 15th on Amazon Kindle: http://shriverreport.org/get-
the-latest-published-shriver- report-free/ (after that, there will be a charge). Please encourage your networks to take advantage of the promotion and download it today! I’ve also attached the executive summary for those who want to share it. It is also linked on our website along with some essays, excerpts and our poll.
You can also watch a discussion of the report hosted by The Atlantic on Wednesday, January 15th, live-streamed here: http://events.theatlantic.com/
atlantic-presents-shriver- report-live/2014/. We encourage you to send to your networks and tweet, using the hashtag #whatwomenneed.
The report contains a number of helpful resources:
- A 3,500 sample poll, which finds enormous public support for a number of our shared policy priorities
- A new THRIVE index for businesses, with questions that employers of low-wage workers can ask themselves (and that we can ask them) about how well they are doing at providing opportunities for their low-wage workforce
- New analysis to support equal pay: a study we commissioned from Heidi Hartmann and Jeff Hayes for the report shows that if we closed the gender pay gap, we’d cut poverty for working women and their families in half and add nearly half a trillion dollars to our GDP!
The multiplatform Shriver Report also includes:
- A documentary. HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver have co-executive produced a documentary film, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” produced by Emmy® Award-winning filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob and airing March 17th (Save the Date!).
- Photojournalism. The Shriver Report commissioned a team of award-winning photographers, led by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney, to document a day in the life of women living on the brink all over this country.
- The classroom initiative. The Shriver Report will be used in classes ranging from sociology and gender studies to public policy, business, education, and public health in colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Wellesley College, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan.
- The Shriver live event. It will be held in partnership with The Atlantic all day, January 15th, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The day will feature presentations and discussions with many of the contributors to the written report. For more information, please contact The Atlantic’s Alexi New at [email protected].
- The community. The website www.ShriverReport.org is already hosting a growing community of citizen reporters around the country who are chronicling their changing lives.
- Media partners. NBC News will bring this report to life, rolling it out across NBC News and MSNBC platforms beginning Sunday, January 12. TheAtlantic.com will feature Maria Shriver’s essay and other reporting.
- Video trailer. The project trailer is available here.