TITLE

Inertia and Change: Findings of The Shriver Report and Next Steps

AUTHOR(S)
Savitsky, Zoe
PUB. DATE
May 2010
SOURCE
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice;2010, Vol. 25, p172
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 2009, the Center for American Progress and the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic, and Family Security joined together with the Office of Maria Shriver to release the results of a comprehensive inquiry into the lives of American women in the 21st century. The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything focuses a capacious and critical lens on the successes won and challenges that remain for women in diverse arenas, including immigration, family policy, health, education, faith, and the media. Yet the Report raises--and leaves unanswered--important questions about the future of gender equality in the world it describes with such precision and clarity. In particular, questions remain about the gap between women's dominating economic presence--as of February 2010, women were the majority on the nation's payrolls--and their continued exclusion from key positions of power, including academic and business leadership and election to political office. Moreover, the Report--and its authors--continue to grapple with the marginalization of women's issues into women-dominated groups and organizations, which tends to have the effect of keeping these vital concerns out of the national conversation. Finally, despite considerable gains in women's economic equality of participation documented herein, real questions remain about gender equality in the private sphere of the home. This Recent Development will briefly survey the existing literature on these continued caesuras between women's contributions and women's power, and will investigate the reasons behind the disengagement of men from this essential issue.
ACCESSION #
52418016

 

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