Enough As She Is: Considerations for Girls

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

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Today’s guest is Rachel Simmons. Rachel Simmons has written extensively on the social psychology of girls.  She is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Curse of the Good Girl and Odd Girl Out, the latter of which was adapted into a highly acclaimed Lifetime television movie.

She’s the cofounder of the national nonprofit Girls Leadership, she is currently the leadership development specialist at the Wurtele Center for Leadership at Smith College, and she is the Girls Research Scholar in Residence at The Hewitt School in New York.  Rachel was the host of the PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, and The New York Times. She is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and she appears often in the national media. She’s an experienced curriculum writer and educator who works to help girls and women develop skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage.

Links of Interest:

Rachel Simmons’ Website

Enough As She Is

The Curse of the Good Girl

Odd Girl Out

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