Concerned Women for America Responds to The Shriver Report
“The Shriver Report is a slickly produced rehash of leftist shibboleths from an eclectic mix of celebrities, politicians, gurus and other friends of Maria who advocate government dependency for women and children.” – Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Concerned Women for America
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a nearly 400-page report, Maria Shriver provided new ammunition in the president’s “War on Women” campaign. Titled, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” the report has already been quoted by Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats in an effort to revive the “War on Women” meme. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., head of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, and author of Marriage Matters: Perspectives on the Private and Public Importance of Marriage, released the following statement:
“The Shriver document is a slickly produced rehash of leftist shibboleths from an eclectic mix of celebrities, politicians, gurus and other friends of Maria who advocate government dependency for women and children. The report elaborates on the same old feminist themes and ‘women’s rights’ grievances.
“Social science research – whether from the left or right – details all the ways that children’s well-being is best served by growing up in a married-mother-and-father family. Even far left think tanks produce graphs showing that compared to every single other possible household arrangement, children thrive best in a married-mom-and-dad home. Yet Shriver’s report skirts around the issue of declining marriage rates and the breakdown of the family; instead, the celebrity experts offer government solutions to women’s problems, with taxpayer-funded entitlements coming to the rescue as substitute husbands and fathers.
“The report lacks substance and is only marginally credible; it recommends the old, failed government solutions – free childcare and paid leave – and complains about the lack of equal pay, even though numerous sources show that any gap is due to differences in career-related choices. The report is dismissive of men and masculinity; it would seem that men face no challenges and that women are the only ones hurting from the bad economy.”
Finally, said Crouse, “This report is an echo of that broken note about gender equality that we’ve heard so often throughout the Obama campaigns and presidency. This is just the latest payback for the single women who put Mr. Obama in the White House, and it dances around the fact that single motherhood is a pathway to poverty. Promoting feminist myths is a lot easier than addressing the real problem – that children in female-headed families are four-to-five times more likely to be poor than children in married-couple families. Feminists are obviously hoping to revive the dying embers of feminism and ignite a new generation who are, at best, apathetic to the claims of oppression and lack of opportunity for women.”
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