Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self

Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self

by Andrea Johnston
     
 

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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 selfesteem and give voice to their true selves. In a series of workshops, Johnston demonstrates how to facilitate honest discussion about subjects such as selfworth, friendships, gender equality, the media, the power of a girls… See more details below

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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 selfesteem and give voice to their true selves. In a series of workshops, Johnston demonstrates how to facilitate honest discussion about subjects such as selfworth, 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 stepbystep guide to finding and expressing one's 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.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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.
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
From the Publisher
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590897969
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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