COLBY, Kan. - Today, women now earn 60 percent of the college degrees awarded each year and fully half of the Ph.D.s and the professional degrees. Almost 40 percent of working women hold managerial and other professional positions. Women make 80 percent of the buying decisions in American homes. Companies led by women generally are proving to have healthier bottom lines. This is a permanent change in our culture.
There's far more occurring here than simply a change in workplace demographics. In the preface of the recently released study, The Shriver Report, Maria Shriver offered the goals for the report:
We decided we needed to learn some new, hard facts about today's American woman. Who is she? How does she live? What does she think? What does she earn? What are her politics? How does she define power? How does she define success? What does she think of marriage? What does she really think of men? How does she want to live her life moving forward?The project combined the efforts of The Center for American Progress and Shriver's Women's Conference.