Maria Shriver: Champion of Solo Moms
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Solo Mom Maria Shriver has her fingers in many pies. A journalist, activist, author, and former First Lady of California, Shriver is known for her work with Alzheimer’s: she was executive producer for The Alzheimer’s Project, a four-part documentary series about the disease that appeared on HBO in 2009 and earned two Emmy Awards. She is also a champion of Solo Moms. She is reticent about her own divorce: in 2011, she asked for privacy for herself and her four children with ex-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, stating, “As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect, and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.” But she has channeled her efforts into making the public aware of challenges faced by single moms who persevere despite a stunning lack of resources. In 2014, she was the executive producer for the film Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, a documentary chronicling the efforts of one Solo Mom of three. Through it all, Shriver has maintained an attitude of optimism and perseverance. As she wrote recently in her I’ve Been Thinking column on her website, “I know that being grateful, being part of a community, giving back as much as you can, it all helps push us in the right direction.”
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