Schoolgirls by Peggy Orenstein
Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

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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.
 

About Peggy Orenstein

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Peggy Orenstein is an award-winning writer and speaker on issues affecting girls and women. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, and her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Glamour, Mirabella, Details, Elle, Mother Jones, and The New Yorker. Her new book, Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half- Changed World, will be published by Doubleday in May 2000.
 
Published February 6, 2013 by Anchor. 368 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Austin Chronicle

One can't help but speculate that the reissue of Schoolgirls is a reaction to the backlash we've seen in the past year of a rash of books concerning adolescent boys which has been prompted, in part, by the call-to-arms that resulted when Schoolgirls initially appeared back in 1994.

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