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Children today face an uncertain future, and parents and teachers can’t fully predict what’s in store for their daughters and sons. But one thing is clear: Our kids need a new set of skills to succeed. Girls, in particular, must nurture essential traits to fully flourish. Students hit the ground running today, entering a school system that carries high expectations on their way to a college application process that is more demanding than ever. After school, young women enter a competitive job market, still complicated by sexism and the possibility of harassment.
But the ways we define leadership are also changing, and the women stepping into those roles are mapping new paths to inhabiting traits like grit, resilience, audacity, and self-confidence. What Girls Need shows how parents and educators can foster these critical twenty-first-century skills in our girls and help them to recognize and nurture their inherent strengths–to not just thrive but also find joy and purpose as they come of age in our ever-evolving world.
Combining compelling research, personal stories, and practical advice on timely questions, What Girls Need delves into hot-button subjects like how to harness girls’ voices and boost girls’ self-esteem, and shows how little things have a big impact when nurturing vital skills like competitiveness, collaboration, empathy, and adaptability. This book empowers every parent, educator, or adult with a young girl in their life to support the next generation of women so they can confidently hold their own no matter what the future has in store.
Praise & Reviews
Nominated as one of Next Big Idea Club’s must-read non-fiction books of Fall 2020!
Named one of Adam Grant’s Top New Leadership Books for Summer 2020!
Named one of Porchlight’s Top New Books to get excited about!
“An insightful guidebook for parents, teachers, and all young women.”
“A powerful book about how we can raise girls to become strong, ambitious women. The ideas are timely, and the stories are relatable—Marisa Porges has lived them herself.”
–Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife
“Empowering and insightful.”
–Angela Duckworth, world-renowned psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Practical, persuasive advice for raising confident, dynamic girls prepared to tackle any challenge.”
–Kirkus Reviews (Check out the full review here)
“… an excellent resource.”
“Porges is the ideal candidate to pen a book on how to raise courageous and resilient women in a challenging society. Highly recommended.”