Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self

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Founded in 1994 by feminist activists Andrea Johnston and Gloria Steinem, the Girls Speak Out program has inspired thousands of girls to build self-esteem and give voice to their true selves. In a series of workshops, Johnston demonstrates how to facilitate honest discussion about subjects such as self-worth, friendships, gender equality, the media, the power of a girls movement, and female models throughout history, and shows how each girl can explore and revel in her unique place in the world. In this revised ...

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Overview

Founded in 1994 by feminist activists Andrea Johnston and Gloria Steinem, the Girls Speak Out program has inspired thousands of girls to build self-esteem and give voice to their true selves. In a series of workshops, Johnston demonstrates how to facilitate honest discussion about subjects such as self-worth, friendships, gender equality, the media, the power of a girls movement, and female models throughout history, and shows how each girl can explore and revel in her unique place in the world. In this revised edition of GIRLS SPEAK OUT, Johnston brings the wisdom of participants worldwide to a personal level, providing a step-by-step guide to finding and expressing ones individuality. Featuring interactive exercises, poetry and stories from girls, and excerpts from writers such as Alice Walker and Sandra Cisneros, GIRLS SPEAK OUT is an empowering source of strength and inspiration for girls of all ages and backgrounds.An interactive guide to self-expression for girls of all ages, based on the Girls Speak Out workshops created by Andrea Johnston and Gloria Steinem.Features exercises for self-discovery and discussion, an annotated bibliography, and the Girls USA Plan of Action, a unique statement of girls rights.Includes a training guide for parents, teachers, counselors, and other leaders interested in organizing and presenting certified Girls Speak Out workshops in their communities.

A handbook on self-esteem for girls.

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Editorial Reviews

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A splendid sister of Free to Be ...You and Me and Take Our Daughters to Work, GIRLS SPEAK OUT envisions a world where girls revel in their power-and then provides a vibrant, animated map of how to get there.-Marlo Thomas
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Transposing her nationwide series of girls' personal growth workshops to book form, activist educator Johnston aims for the casual, questioning tone of an adult who really listens to children. Sojourner Truth and bell hooks changed their names to reflect who they were inside, she tells her group participants; "What new name would you choose?" On the page, this and other attempts to duplicate workshop interactions lose their force. More inspiring are excerpts from feminist fiction by Alice Walker, Kyoko Mori and Sandra Cisneros, among others. Writings by workshop participants are interspersed throughout, but their sincere self-affirmations often read like repetitive clichs: "You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else." Johnston's girls improvise a talk show, examine prehistoric artifacts representing women and play a game called "Tunnels" which simulates rebirth, but the exuberance that must infuse the workshops is sadly lacking in print. This book is probably best reserved for feminist adults who wish to learn techniques for conducting workshops of their own. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-up. Feb.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW said that this book, developed from Johnston's nationwide series of girls' personal growth workshops, "is probably best reserved for feminist adults who wish to learn techniques for conducting workshops of their own." Ages 9-14. (Mar.)r
The ALAN Review - Joyce A. Litton
Girls Speak Out takes its name from a nationwide effort to improve self-esteem for young adolescent girls. The book attempts to replicate what Johnston and her colleagues do in Girls Speak Out programs across the country. Girls learn about ancient matriarchal societies where goddesses were worshipped, read about early feminists such as Sojourner Truth and from contemporary ones like Alice Walker, are encouraged to be interested in science, and are discouraged from pretending to be dumb to attract boys. The literary excerpts and the focus are multicultural; the book is well written and provocative. Occasionally its attempts at political correctness are silly - e.g., references to "goddess mothers" and "goddess daughters." Since most readers come from the Judeo-Christian tradition, the author might profitably have talked about God having feminine and masculine strains.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is Gloria Steinem for teeny-boppers. In fact, the book is an offshoot of Steinem's "Take Our Daughters to Work," and other projects, and is introduced by her. The contents describe a self-help radical feminization seminar of the same name. An extensive walkthrough of the two-day program is presented, together with excerpts of stories used, and testimonials given by participants. All of this is concluded with a watered down history of goddess cult figurines. The obvious message seems overplayed, but might be useful in some quarters.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-A book based on a self-esteem and consciousness-raising workshop for young women, developed by the author and Gloria Steinem. It's an intriguing account, but it may be more meaningful to parents and teachers than to its intended audience. "Girls Speak Out" is the name given to the workshops, typically given on two consecutive Saturdays and characterized by the author as "an experience we have in a room with other girls and women." The workshops explore a broad range of subjects, from prehistoric images of women to understanding sexism to self-discovery, encouraging young women to find their own true voices and "speak out" through discussion, games, and writing. "Even if you can't be in this room with us," Johnston explains, "you can have some of the same experiences with the book." Thus, this title explains how the workshops are run and presents some of the responses and writing that participants have contributed across the country. Although no doubt the actual workshops are powerful and empowering, this presentation lacks focus and practicality: it's not really designed as a how-to guide, nor is it inspirational for private journals or self-study. However, the actual writing of the girls is compelling; adults working with adolescents may find the "Girls Speak Out" concept and model easy to use and adapt in different settings.-Cyrisse Jaffee, formerly at Newton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587612411
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 993,792
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREA JOHNSTON is the founder of the Girls Speak Out Foundation, an advocacy organization working with girls and their supporters on five continents. A 30-year veteran of public and private school teaching, Andrea convened and helped organize the First National Girls Conference at UNICEF House in New York in 1997. She has appeared in a Lifetime documentary, on CNN’s Talk Back Live!, and on local and national radio shows. She has also been a frequent keynote speaker at YWCA youth conferences, on college campuses, for parenting organizations, and in the General Assembly and Trusteeship Council of the United Nations. She has a son, Jesse, and lives in Northern California.

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