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The Women & Politics Institute Applauds the Impending Release of “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything”


American University’s Women & Politics Institute (WPI) was pleased to learn that NBC News will devote significant resources to discussing first lady of California Maria Shriver’s latest project, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”  Issued by the Center for American Progress (CAP), the report addresses women’s economic status and the implications for government, business, faith, education, and health.

Dr. Jennifer L. Lawless, the newly appointed Director of the Women & Politics Institute, applauded Maria Shriver and NBC for their commitment to highlighting women’s status and women’s issues.  “I was thrilled to learn of the Shriver Report, which very much complements the work of the Women & Politics Institute,” Lawless said.  “We work to close the gender gap in political leadership.  And our academic courses, cutting-edge research, and leadership training programs provide opportunities for women to excel in all facets of political life.”

Dr. Lawless looks forward to the official release of Maria Shriver’s report and the national dialogue NBC’s news coverage will promote.  Dr. Lawless is available for comment about the status of women in politics in the United States and around the world.  She is the co-author, with Richard L. Fox, of It Takes A Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (Cambridge University Press).

The Women & Politics Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs is a non-partisan, non-profit institute dedicated to closing the gender gap in political leadership.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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