A Woman’s Nation

Yesterday First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, spoke about ‘A Woman’s Nation’ on Meet the Press. According to this new report, close to 50% of women – compared to less than 30% in 1950 – are in the work force and 2/3 of mothers are breadwinners or co-breadwinners. With this growing dynamic in our society, the question at round tables and kitchen tables becomes: how do we relieve the stress on families?

Maria Shriver's 2008 Women's Conference

This is the quintessential Sandwich Generation issue. As you well know, women have been struggling for years, trying to balance the needs of children growing up and parents growing older with the demands of the job.

The Shriver report, supported by the Center for American Progress, sheds light on this subject and puts the challenges that families face front and center. Apparently the battle of the sexes may be officially over. It’s time to renegotiate the rules of the household with regards to childcare and eldercare. And a lot of men are already onboard.

As a Sandwiched Boomer, what do you think women need in order to be successful in the workplace and at home? Let us know your thoughts – just click on ‘Comments’ at the bottom of this post and follow the prompts – you can even sign in as Anonymous.

This conversation will be going on all week, on NBC, Facebook and Twitter and we’ll be following it. Tune in tomorrow to stay informed.

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