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Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

Peggy Orenstein

In 1990, the AAUW conducted a poll that highlighted how young girls lose their self-esteem as they reach adolescence. They emerge from adolescence with reduced expectations of life, and much less confidence in themselves and their abilities than boys have. Through anecdotes, Orenstein brings to life the findings of the AAUW study.

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Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 09/01/1995
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 9780385425766
ISBN-10: 0385425767
Language: English

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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".

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