SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

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by Peggy Orenstein
     
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

The classic account of the hurdles facing adolescent girls in America—now reissued with a new Foreword, to coincide with the award-winning author's new book on women and identity.

Inspired by a study by the American Association of University Women that showed girls' self-esteem plummeting as they reach

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

The classic account of the hurdles facing adolescent girls in America—now reissued with a new Foreword, to coincide with the award-winning author's new book on women and identity.

Inspired by a study by the American Association of University Women that showed girls' self-esteem plummeting as they reach adolescence, Peggy Orenstein spent months observing, interviewing, and getting know dozens of girls both inside and outside the classroom at two very different schools in northern California. The result was a groundbreaking book in which she brought the disturbing statistics to life with skill and flair of an experienced journalist.

Orenstein plumbs the minds of both boys and girls who have learned to equate masculinity with opportunity and assertiveness, and femininity with reserve and restraint. She demonstrates the cost of this insidious lesson, by taking us into the lives of real young women who are struggling with eating disorders, sexual harassment, and declining academic achievement, especially in math and science. Peggy Orenstein's SchoolGirls is a classic that belongs on the shelf with the work of Carol Gilligan, Joan Jacobs Brumberg, and Mary Pipher. It continues to be read by all who care about how our schools and our society teach girls to shortchange themselves.

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"This important book should be read by  parents raising children of all ages and of both sexes."  — New York Times Book  Review.

"This book is to young girls what  Black Beauty is to horses, what Upton  Sinclair's The Jungle was to the  processing of meat. To read School  Girls is to remember — how reluctantly! — what  it means to be a girl in junior high." —  Carolyn See, Washington Post Book  World.

"Orenstein's study should be  required reading for all American teachers. And  students. And everyone else. [grade] A." —  Entertainment Weekly.

"School Girls is a fascinating book.  Hopefully it will be read by the right people —  parents and educators who could change the  experience of young girls in the future." —  Los Angeles Times Book Review.

"School Girls cautions those of us  who educate and mold young people to wake up and  see the social and intellectual consequences of  simply letting 'girls be girls' and boys be boys.'"  — New York Newsday.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following a 1990 poll which found that girls suffer plummeting self-esteem and reduced expectations as they enter adolescence, journalist Orenstein visited two California middle schools to take a more personal look at the statistics. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385425766
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
626,205
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.79(d)

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