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  •  In accordance with our family motto, which is (4+ / 0-)

    ungrammatically expressed as, "Anything that's free, go and get it," I've just downloaded the report.

    Thanks for this excellent diary, Betty. Always learn something from your diaries. Agree absolutely with what fastwacks said:

    Sorry, after enduring the Governorship of California under her husband, and seeing his antics and misbehaviors and delusions and attitudes, I can't take anything Maria Shriver might do on behalf of women seriously.  
    And with what you said here:
    Maria Shriver may be acting with good intentions, but she's very much out of touch with the real world. Her approach to resolving problems she's  never experienced is patronizing and somewhat self serving.
    I suppose we must give Shriver credit for trying to bring attention to this issue, but really! The problems are societal, far beyond the ability of individual women to solve for themselves. We as a country don't even offer paid maternity leave in most cases! And as for paternity leave, forget it.

    We need universal knowledge of birth control (starting at age 11 as far as I'm concerned), school programs that give girls the idea there's something more to aspire to than having a baby at age 16, and to find ways to encourage girls to be entrepreneurial and create killer apps.  Why wasn't it girls who invented the Google algorithm, and Twitter, and Instagram, etc., etc.?  Is it because all the girls were busy trying on makeup and starving themselves to fit tiny clothes so they'd look great at the next party?

    Or is it that the girls actually did create these things and the guys got the credit? (See the invention of the cotton gin, the sewing machine, ad nauseam).

    The point I'm trying to make in this rather rambling comment is that girl entrepreneurs might very well grow up to head family friendly companies that would hire women. And moreover, would recognize that public school systems are completely out of sync with the corporate world and would figure out some way to alleviate that.  

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:35:15 PM PST

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