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33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women Paperback – February 17, 1998
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From a fiercely funny comic strip about mean girls, to a moving essay about living with spina bifida, to a forensic discussion of why it's not a crime for girls to love science, these stories reflect and encourage female wit, wisdom, and perseverance. Most of all, the essential 33 things display the infinite range of options for girls, and will inspire young women to pursue the pathways paving their dreams. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Minor caveat -- lots of discussion of different things girls can be when grown up, but no mention of being a mother. I understand that one does not want to be encouraging teenage girls to have babies, but on the other hand would have been nice to have something addressing what is likely to be a significant portion of a woman's life. For instance, they could have had an essay by a physician who works part-time and is home with kids part-time, to make the point that getting a good education and a skilled professional job can make it easier to do flex-time and work from home. Something to prepare girls to get ready to balance work and family, to be thinking about the choices they will be making, and to acknowledge the importance and satisfactions of the drive to nurture.
Immediately I remembered how incredible this book was. It's insightful without being preachy, lighthearted without being silly. And more than anything else, as I flipped through the pages, I realize how much it sticks with you. 10 years later, I still remember many of the short stories. They'd flit in and out of my mind over the years, as I dealt with being "nerdy" in high school, with struggling to become independent in college, and even now as I move onto the next big step. I know I've totally outgrown it, and yet, it's such a thoughtful book that I'm tempted to bring it with me!
Highly recommended for all girls!