In an era when women have solidified their position as half of the U.S. workforce and a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families, the reality is that one in three American women are living at or near the brink of poverty.

The recently released report A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, co-authored by Maria Shriver, in partnership with the Center for American Progress, states that 42 million women in America are just one paycheck away from of economic ruin.

These are women who are doing it all — working hard, providing, parenting, and care-giving, yet they and their families can’t get a financial foothold.

The report examines the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigates the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, provides solutions to help women strengthen their financial status, and offers ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions, with essays by leading thinkers.

“For too many American women, the dream of ‘having it all’ has morphed into ‘just hanging on,'” said Maria Shriver. In a recent appearance on the Today Show, she explained, “The state of the America woman is in flux, they are the core of the American family, and they are feeling undervalued and invisible. Very few families can survive in this country today on one income.” She adds, “This is a reality check for women, and they have to know it’s not selfish for us empower ourselves, it’s a necessity.”

A free download of A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is available from January 12-15 on Amazon Kindle. You can also join the conversation by sharing your story, ideas and thoughts about women on the brink. Tweet @ShriverReport using the hashtag #WhatWomenNeed.

Lead photo via The Shriver Report