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Strong, Smart, and Bold: Empowering Girls for Life Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2001
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Give this book to parents when their daughters are born.
The foreword by Ms. Jane Fonda particularly moved me. She describes how she went from being a person with strong ambitions to a teenager who was timid and concerned about how others would see her. For many years, her "inner voice" was lost, and she finds herself only recapturing it in her sixties.
The model of this book is to have girls know their rights as people and to be advocates of those rights for herself and others. Girls Inc. was founded in 1945 and has done good work in helping establish equal opportunity by gender.
The organization has established a bill of rights for girls that includes the right to:
-- "be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes"
-- "express themselves with originality and enthusiasm"
-- "take roles, to strive freely, and to take pride in success"
-- "accept and appreciate their bodies"
-- "have confidence in their selves and to be safe in the world"
-- "prepare for interesting work and economic independence."
Many people would agree that these are worthy goals. What I liked was that the book reported about research that Girls Inc. has conducted to find out how parents can help.
As you may have guessed, girls look to their Moms to lead the way. In a recent survey, 99 percent replied that Mom was their heroine and guide to planning their own lives.Read more ›
Because the book is based on the experiences of Girls Inc. it contains lots and lots of examples and quotes, from actual women and girls. The discussions and exercises are broken up into six chapters and a conclusion: Raising a Girl Who Knows Her Rights, Resisting Gender Stereotypes, Speaking Freely and Openly, Taking Risks and Achieving Goals, Accepting and Appreciating One's Body, Being Confident and Safe, and Preparing for Economic Independence and Crating an Equitable Society. The structure of the book is based on the Girls Inc.Read more ›