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California's First Lady, Maria Shriver, has put her name on a year's worth of research titled A Woman's Nation Changes Everything. Half of American workers are now women, and that means change. We look at the good news and the bad news for men, women and their children.
Ann O'Leary, co-author, 'The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything'
Stephanie Coontz, Council on Contemporary Families (@StephanieCoontz)
Katie Buckland, Executive Director, California Women's Law Center
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