On Friday, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything”—an in-​​depth study of the roles women play in U.S. society—was released by Maria Shriver and the Center for Amer­ican Progress.

Jamie Ladge, assis­tant pro­fessor of man­age­ment and orga­ni­za­tional devel­op­ment at Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, co-​​authored a chapter that dis­cusses women in business.

Watch Ladge intro­duce the report

Ladge explains that the Shriver Report reveals a few sur­prises: More and more women are becoming the pri­mary bread­win­ners in Amer­ican house­holds. With respect to run­ning busi­nesses, women have proven their suc­cess. She cites studies that show that women-​​run firms are on the rise, and those firms with women at the helm and rep­re­senting the majority of cor­po­rate boards have higher returns across a number of prof­itability measures.

Ladge talks about out­dated mental models

The report also includes rec­om­men­da­tions for social-​​policy change. Ladge­says that, although women have made many strides, mater­nity leave, salary gaps, and other issues still place them at a dis­ad­van­tage. Changes must be made at an orga­ni­za­tional level, Ladge believes, to ade­quately accom­mo­date working mothers.

The find­ings of the “Shriver Report” will be the focus of sev­eral spe­cials and inter­views to be broad­cast on NBC throughout the week.

Ladge dis­cusses the future of women in business

See the chapter co-​​authored by Ladge and Brad Har­rington here: http://​awom​ansna​tion​.com/​b​u​s​i​n​e​s​s​.​php