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

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Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson called for a War on Poverty and enlisted Sargent Shriver to oversee it, the most important social issue of our day is once again the dire economic straits of millions of Americans. 1 in 3 Americans today live in poverty or teeter on the brink. 70 million are women and the children who depend on them. The fragile economic status ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009)
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Apr 25, 2014 Brooke rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book for free from the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. While I've spent years regularly visiting many feminist websites, I found this book refreshing in the way that it presented clear solutions to the problems it identified. A lot of the time so much energy gets devoted to raging about problems that it seems like no movement forward is ever made.

At the same time, it's a bit rage inducing that so many of these solutions proposed would cost so little, and yet it'
While the information and statistics are very useful and actually up-to-date, the fact that many of the pieces are written by those who hold privilege and power was disappointing. While it mentions the hard-working, persevering, and dedicated women who are striving to make the best of everything, the brief synopsis of them comes off disingenuous. Perhaps I expected more heart to be put into the book, or rather my own bias is just getting in the way, either way, this overview of women in the US c ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps not meant to be read cover to cover, as many essays repeat the same stats (driving home the point, admittedly, but maybe for this reader too repetitive).

It was fun to hear from "celebrities" and Shriver clearly leveraged her connections very well to ensure diverse and compelling voices (come for the Beyonce, stay for the Erenreich).

An important piece of work regardless that's accessible, shareable, and critical.

Did a good job discussing the unique challenges of diverse women, and also
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Apr 27, 2014 Saskia (Smitie) rated it really liked it
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I received this book as part of the early reviewers on Library Thing.

As a 'non-American' I learned quite a lot from this report, especially concerning social security policies (and the lack thereof). The articles were clear and easy to understand, but since a large part of the book consists of short essays, some facts and words repeated themselves too much. Therefore I recommend reading a few essays at a time.

Nevertheless, the report gives a good insight in a sad truth. While we see ourselves
Jan 23, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read! It's even free for your Kindle at amazon! Amazing report - very accessible and with public, private, and individual recommendations. Filled with eye-opening and frightening stats, personal stories, essays by experts from many fields, and action plans to "push back from the brink." Please at least read the Executive Summary if not the entire report.
Jenna Copeland
This is an important issue for our present and future But, i can't say that i enjoyed this book as much as I'd hoped. Repetition may be good to get ideas to stick, but I would have liked to have seen some more varied and nuanced i felt that I just kept seeing the same nu,beta and the same analysis.
Jan 13, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read this all the way through. I felt there were very strong and valid points in this report but after a while it became very repetitive and became more of a chore to read. I also found it disappointing that the women writing about struggling women were women of privilege. I wanted to hear from the women that live the life on the brink of poverty and let them have a voice.
Jan 28, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting analysis of data to support the thesis that policy in the US is still modeled after families with one breadwinner and one stay-at-home parent. Great essays by LeBron James, Jennifer Garner, Jada Pinkett Smith and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and others.
Jan 22, 2014 Vijeta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight about women living on the brink. Goes into why so many of the people in poverty are women, how they get there, and ways they can get help. Also goes into ways in which we need to change our thinking of poverty and assistance programs that benefit women on the brink.
A repetitive compilation of interesting information regarding women and the workforce. Takes too long to read cover to cover. I recommend you read another book and during a chapter break read an essay or two from this report.
Feb 24, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read that really talks about the reality of women living on the brink of economic disaster. Anyone who thinks these women live this way by choice need to read this book.
Aug 02, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sobering. Kind of a slog to read.
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Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California.

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