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The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, is a 557-page collection of over 50 essays on socio-economic issues facing women today, with diverse authors from Hillary Clinton to Beyoncé, put together by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress.

Ms. Clinton’s essay is titled Increasing Economic Opportunities for Women: The Right Thing to Do and the Smart Thing to Do.  An excerpt follows:

“I have always believed that women are not victims. We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, and we are makers of peace. All we need is a fighting chance…

No country can achieve its full economic potential when women are left out or left behind…

The increasing numbers of women in the economy and the rising productivity gains from improving the distribution of their talents and skills has undoubtedly helped fuel significant growth everywhere. A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of families and nations. Data show that investing in women’s employment, health, and education drives better outcomes for entire societies. Economists tell us that when more women participate in the economy, there is a ripple effect: Businesses have more consumers, families both spend and save more, farmers produce and sell more food, education improves, and so does political stability. We’re seeing this all over the world. Latin America and the Caribbean have steadily increased women’s participation in the labor market since the 1990s, and now women account for more than half of all workers in the region. The World Bank estimates that extreme poverty in the region has decreased by 30 percent as a result. Furthermore, The Economist points out that the increase in employment of women in developed countries during the past decade has added more to global growth than China has— and that’s a lot…

Yes, it’s true that we now have American women at high levels of business, academia, government— you name it. But as we’ve seen recently, women still find themselves asking age-old questions about how they can make their way in male-dominated fields and how they can balance the demands of work and family. The Economist recently published a “glass-ceiling index,” ranking countries based on factors such as opportunities for women in the workplace and equal pay. The United States didn’t even make it into the top 10…”

Shriver, Maria (2014-01-11). The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink (Kindle Locations 5723-5726). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition.

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