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Connector of the day – Maria Shriver

October 26th, 2009
05:17 PM ET

Married to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver is the first lady of California, an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and social campaigner.

Maria Shriver is known as the First Lady of California.

Maria Shriver is known as the First Lady of California.

Distinguished by her family background, she is a member of the prominent Kennedy clan - daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargeant Shriver, the niece of President John F. Kennedy.

While she supports her Republican husband in most of his political endeavors, Shriver publicly endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during the U.S. elections.

Unfortunately she made the news for the wrong reasons this month when she was caught using her cell phone whilst driving. The gossip columns did not miss the fact that it was her own husband’s law that she was violating!

On a more positive note, Shriver will be talking to CNN Tuesday about her latest project – hosting the annual Women’s Conference in California, a forum to “inspire, empower and educate women to be the architects of change,” according to its Web site.

One of the main issues on the agenda is climate change and how women can be at the forefront of initiatives to combat this critical issue.

She is also the founder of the We Connect campaign which aims to help working families of California become more financially secure by connecting them to programs and resources across the state.

If you have a question for Maria about the conference, her career in journalism, her social causes, or what it’s like to be married to Arnie, comment below and we’ll put the best of them to her in the show.