Hall and Brown-Thirston present a compelling discussion on the complexities of womanhood and navigating the education system, as seen through the eyes of Latina and African American female adolescents. Their work, which addresses how race, class, and gender are inextricably linked in shaping the experiences of women of color, provides an invaluable lens for educators, parents, and mentors concerned about and committed to the educational progress among women from underrepresented backgrounds. (Frances Contreras, associate professor, University of Washington; co-author of The Latino Education Crisis; author of The Brown Paradox: Latinos an)
Horace R. Hall and Andrea Brown-Thirston present a compelling account that asks the reader to consider the constraints, challenges, and contradictions of femininity that under-served, culturally diverse teens negotiate on a daily basis. Their work further underscores the potential of caring mentors to authentically address the frequently scarring impact of gender hierarchies, exploitation, and oppression. While resilient, theirs is a call to action to engage young women in their own personal transformation. (Angela Valenzuela)
African American and Latina young women are one of the most overlooked student groups in the U.S. Drawing on research and theories in education, psychology, child development, and family studies, this book adds to the growing body of literature on how gender and racial identity shape girls' everyday experiences and educational aspirations. Using narratives of 14 young women, the authors reveal processes of resilience and agency. Understanding Teenage Girls is incredibly useful for educators and social workers working with racial and ethnic minority female students. (Venus E. Evans-Winters, assistant professor of education at Illinois State University and author of Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Education)
About the Author
Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston earned her bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University and her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently chief academic officer for the Chicago International Charter School Network.