The Shriver Report
Personal Action, Collective Impact
Linking Key Elements of the American Dream - Educational Opportunities, Financial Stability, and Social Capital - to Improve Women's Lives
Women’s social, political, and financial opportunities have improved dramatically over the past 50 years. In 1967, only 27 percent of mothers were breadwinners or co-breadwinners, but recent data show that in 2010, women were co- or primary breadwinners in two-thirds of American families.
And yet young women coming of age in the new millennium face many complex choices for which there is no clear game plan. So what does a 21st-century road map for stability and opportunity look like? To help girls accelerate the gains they are making in the classroom, financial literacy and emotional development support are key. They have emerged as critical components of a modern girl’s education alongside leadership training, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, courses. Today’s Life Education is what girls need to confidently navigate a social terrain where they will constantly assess trade-offs about school, jobs, finances, career, family, marriage, and children.