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Girls Seen and Heard: 52 Life Lessons for Our Daughters
     

Girls Seen and Heard: 52 Life Lessons for Our Daughters

by Sondra Forsyth (Joint Author), Ms. Foundation for Women Staff
 
The early nineties opened our eyes to the crisis facing young women in this country, as bestsellers like Reviving Ophelia explored the startling loss of confidence that besets girls at adolescence. In response, the Ms. Foundation created Take Our Daughters to Work� Day: a national intervention which became successful beyond all imagination. Every last Thursday

Overview

The early nineties opened our eyes to the crisis facing young women in this country, as bestsellers like Reviving Ophelia explored the startling loss of confidence that besets girls at adolescence. In response, the Ms. Foundation created Take Our Daughters to Work� Day: a national intervention which became successful beyond all imagination. Every last Thursday in April, for one day, millions of girls experience the adult workplace firsthand. As the Ms. Foundation discovered, girls come away from that experience with important lessons that lead to a lifetime of confidence. These lessons, gathered together in Girls Seen and Heard, can help girls soar when they take their place as women in the world and in the workforce. Girls learn how to make their voices heard, take control of their lives, and invest in their futures. Following practical instructions that reach beyond theory, girls gain the knowledge necessary to collaborate with others; to network and negotiate; to effect change; and to rise to all of life�s challenges. An interactive manual for parents of girls of all ages, the book includes a reader�s group guide and a resource directory. Published to coincide with Take Our Daughters to Work� Day 1998, the messages in this book are indispensable for girls: believe in your abilities, explore your options, command respect. To date, the focus has been on defining the problems that beset girls at adolescence; here, finally, are long-term concrete solutions that will help girls turn their dreams of the future into reality.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The problem of girls' loss of self-esteem upon entering adolescence has been well documented, and this book offers much-needed solutions. Written for mothers and their daughters to put into practice together, each of the 52 short chapters identifies an issue in girls' lives, discusses the social conditions it rises from and gives an activity that teaches girls resilience, belief in their own abilities and power over their own lives. Much more than a nave "you can do anything" pep talk, the activities are specific, realistic and relevant to the aspirations and problems of real girls. Unapologetically promoting careers for women, Girls Seen and Heard emphasizes helping girls prepare for the future through researching, goal setting and seeking out mentors. The importance of mentors is especially stressed because, as Forsyth says, "[b]eing welcomed into the lives of real women shows girls what their own lives could be like in the futurein spite of the fact that society, from TV and movies to billboards and toys, tells a vastly different story." Each chapter concludes with reading suggestions and helpful resources on issues such as eating disorders, sexual harassment in schools and cultivating creativity. A drawback of the program the book promotes is that it depends on a strong mother-daughter relationship, and while it may be effective for younger adolescents, it's easy to imagine older teens balking at maternal urging. Still, the book offers tremendous encouragement and hope for girls and their parents and is an important, valuable contribution to girls' lives. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Research has demonstrated that girls are disadvantaged at school, suffering a lowering of self-esteem while being bombarded by increasingly unrealistic standards of female beauty as they reach their adolescence. This leads to depression, lowered grades, and low expectations of career success. Forsyth joins with the Ms. Foundation for Women to produce a book constructed as 52 life lessons for a mother and daughter to help restore self-esteem and broaden horizons. Almost everyone should be able to find helpful suggestions in this book. The first activity is the preparation of a journal in which the daughter will record hopes, dreams, and interests. The main criticism of this title is that it is aimed primarily at middle-class girls with ready access to the resources of a large urban center, but it is still recommended for all libraries.Sharon Firestone, Arizona State Univ. Lib., Tempe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874779264
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/1998
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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