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Maria Shriver on Women’s History Month

California’s First Lady Maria Shriver filled in for Governor Schwarzenegger’s Weekly Radio Address. Here are her words:

“Hi, this is Maria Shriver with another California Report and I’m really excited to be able to talk to you today, to be able to have a chance to do the California Report.

And the reason I’m doing it is that March is Women’s History Month and I’m really anxious to tell everybody about all the accomplishments that women in our state have accomplished and all the ways that we still have a lot more to do.

I’m standing here at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts and it’s a free day today to all the men and women of California to come in and learn about the women who shaped our state, the women who are shaping it as we stand here and to try to inspire young women to dream their dreams and to put their mark on this state.

There are women here like Sally Ride, there are all these incredible Minerva winners. We’ve heard incredible poetry. I hope people will check out the Minerva Awards program, which are named after the goddess Minerva that is on our state seal, the state of California. And this awards program honors women who have stepped out of their own comfort zone, seen a problem and gone out and created a solution.

Women have accomplished so much but still we don’t get paid the same amount of money that men do for equal jobs.

Still we have incredible challenges when it comes to childcare and elder care and really succeeding in corporate America.

There is so much that’s exciting that is going on.

We’ve learned from businesses that when men and women work together in a collaborative environment we learn from one another and that’s good for the bottom line.

We know so much about the benefits of great teachers, so many of whom are women, who inspire young women to succeed in math and science so that they might get jobs in the emerging fields of green tech and so many other businesses.

So I’m so excited to be the First Lady of this great state. I’m trying to empower other women of all ages, women my age to go back to school, to support community colleges.

We try to do micro lending. We launched an incredible partnership with kiva.org to support women who dream of creating their own businesses. There are so many ways that we can get involved and support each other.

And I’m so excited that here, in honor of Women’s History Month, so many men have come to this museum, men who want to raise strong, compassionate and empathetic women, men who want to support their wives in the workplace, caring for parents, caring for children. And that has been one of the most exciting things for me, as First Lady, to see.

So I’m very grateful to my husband for giving me this opportunity to talk about the incredible accomplishments that women have made in this state and continue to make.

As I always say, women work 24/7 on the front lines of humanity.

There is no more powerful work than the work of motherhood and the work women do and I’m so honored to be able to talk about it, to shine a light on it and to work alongside the incredible women that call themselves California women.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com