She learned from her parents about community service and the value of giving back to society. Her mother is the cofounder of the Special Olympics which showcases the athletic talents of special needs children. Maria is the author of five best-selling books, three of which are designed to lovingly teach children a concept of character or compassion.
She is the mother of four children and last but not least, the First Lady of California since her husband of many years is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California. Maria is grounded and unpretentious and I believe if I moved into her neighborhood she’d lend me a cup of sugar with a smile. Having accomplished so much in her career and her personal life, Maria Shriver is a woman that young girls can look up to.
Recently she was quoted as saying this about real power, “I now understand that true power has very little to do with what’s on your resume. It’s about being true to yourself and finding your own voice and path in the world.”
And this about motherhood, “Motherhood is another tremendous source of power for women. For many in my generation there was heavy emphasis on being a super mom and purducing super kids. But I’m not sure that enough respect and attention has been paid along the way to some of the simple acts traditionally associated with being a woman. – the nurturing, the gentleness, the listening and the comforting. I think bringing into this world a child that feels loved, who feels safe, and who feels centered is the most powerful act of all.”
As a young woman, I remember watching Maria Shriver on various new shows and how my mother would comment on her beauty. I remember thinking.. yeah but, she has the smarts and insights to back it up. I want to be like that. She is exactly ten years older than I am. Sharing a birthday fueled my fascination with her. I’ve followed her life and career, watching her mature and grow, using her accomplishments as inspiration for the kind of person I might be ten years from now. It gives me hope about my prospecttive self the age of 51.
To know more about the causes she champions visit the website she maintains as the First Lady of California. If you live in her state there are exciting projects to get involved with and a Women’s Conference with a live web cast on 10/23.