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Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an influential voice on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle the status of American women and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s first lady from 2003 to 2010, and during that time she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be "architects of change" -- a term she coined to describe people from all walks of life who are using their ideas, influence and initiative to impact our world.

Entries by Maria Shriver

Who Is the 21st Century Man?

(152) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 10:30 AM

For much of our country's history, the picture of the traditional "American man" has been dominated by the machismo stereotypes of the Provider, Emotional Rock, Powerbroker, Cowboy, Jock, Good Ole Boy, Macho Man, Mad Man.

But these days, there's a whole new mix of images fighting for space: the...

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Help Me Wipe Out Alzheimer's Now

(46) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:18 AM

I was deeply moved watching Julianne Moore win the Oscar for "Still Alice", a movie I was proud and privileged to executive produce. Julianne gives a harrowing performance as a brilliant 50-year-old college professor who loses her brain and herself to early-onset Alzheimer's disease. This is a huge moment for...

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The Difference Stem Cell Research Can Make

(10) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:51 PM

We live in an age of medical discovery, one that holds out the promise of new ways of treating previously deadly diseases, saving lives and improving the quality of life for millions of others.

How do I know? Just this week scientists at UCLA announced that in...

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The Envelope Please: The Impact of a Simple Expression of Gratitude

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Yesterday, A Woman's Nation and I launched "The Envelope Please," a new economic empowerment initiative that encourages travelers to show their gratitude to an often overlooked section of the hospitality industry when it comes to tipping: room attendants. I am so excited to have Marriott International as our...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Parenthood is an utterly unique experience, full of firsts: your baby's first coo, first smile, first grasp of your hand. I've been lucky enough to experience those firsts four times over and know that this awesome privilege includes a solemn responsibility: to raise healthy, conscious and compassionate children who will...

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Working for Our Working Families

(15) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 8:00 AM

When leaders from around the country gather at the White House Summit on Working Families this week, they'll be focusing on a moving target. What constitutes working families these days is in flux.

As The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink reported...

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State of the Union 2014: President Obama Puts Strengthening Women Front and Center

(23) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:14 PM

On Tuesday night, President Obama stood before Congress and delivered an impassioned, confident State of the Union address that was historic in at least one respect: The president put strengthening women front and center as a solution to strengthening our nation's economy. That has never happened before.

"I firmly believe...

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Why Women Must Lean In and Push Back

(256) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 8:47 AM

After weeks of pre-publication buzz and media discussion, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will To Lead, finally hits bookstores and digital devices on Monday.

I count Sheryl as a friend, both online and off. I've read the book and applaud her for...

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day: The Service of Play

(14) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 9:42 AM

My mother was a warrior. No, not someone who carried a sword and went into hostilities to harm, but rather a warrior for good, and for the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

My mother's battlefield was the Special Olympics organization she founded in 1968. Her weapons of choice...

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Why World Alzheimer's Day Matters

(74) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 10:06 AM

Today is World Alzheimer's Day, an important day all across the globe, as this epidemic continues to steal minds, take lives, and gain momentum. And it is also an important day for me personally, as a child of Alzheimer's.

In the next month, we will release the second

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Marching to Help Defeat a Mind-Blowing Disease

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 4:09 PM

I am excited to be kicking off The Women's Conference 2010 with a 5K March on Alzheimer's and candlelight vigil on Sunday afternoon, October 24 along the beautiful waterfront in Downtown...

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Art Is Fundamental -- and Fundamental to Support

(179) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 6:34 PM

Art is fundamental, unique to each of us.

For me, writing allows me to be creative, to be thoughtful and to learn more about myself and those who inspire me. But I also see art in so many other aspects of life: in parenting, in expressing...

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What Is it Time For You to Do?

(111) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 9:44 AM

It is an extraordinary pleasure to announce today the lineup of newsmakers and world opinion leaders confirmed for The Women's Conference 2010. The Conference will be held from Sunday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center, and I cannot wait to experience three...

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April Is National Poetry Month

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 4:55 PM

April is National Poetry Month -- and we're celebrating all month at The Women's Conference.

Poetry has always been very important to me. I read poetry every morning, and I've even been inspired to write some on occasion. In addition to featuring great poets and poetry all month at,...

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This Weekend, WE Connect L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM

This weekend, the Women's Conference and I will host an event called WE Connect at the L.A. Forum. It's designed to help families take full advantage of the valuable financial programs available to them --...

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Celebrating History Can Inspire Us to Make it

(37) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 11:10 AM

March is Women's History Month all over the country, but the idea for it started in California 32 years ago.

No surprise, since our state and our women have been at the leading edge of innovation in so many areas of American life. In the last six...

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Alzheimer's: A Baby Boomer Epidemic

(110) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 5:58 PM

I am a child of Alzheimer's. For many years, my father, Sargent Shriver, would testify before Congress for increased funding for his beloved Peace Corps -- and for all the War On Poverty programs he started. My father was an idealistic, intelligent, optimistic public servant, sharp and witty, his mind...

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A Woman's Nation

(233) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM

Like most American women, I wear many different hats - mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I am constantly inspired by the stories, ideas and courage of the women I meet and I am reminded every single day how women are architects of change.

For the first time in our...

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