RESPECT: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line
Is Crossed by GFC's own Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym. This smart,
savvy book helps teen girls get respect and hold on to it no matter
what. It covers topics they deal with daily, like body image, family,
friends, the media, school, relationships, and rumors. Girls learn that
respect is connected to everything, that every girl deserves respect,
and that respect is always within reach because it starts on the
The Body Project
by Joan Jacobs Brumberg. Starting with a statistic that 53 percent of
girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, this book looks at the "why?"
Brumberg combs through girls' diaries dating from 1830 to the present
day and explains why now more than ever girls' main projects are their
Dads and Daughters
by Joe Kelly. If your dad isn't spending enough time with you or you
just aren't relating, or if you're a dad who wants to help your
daughter become strong and confidant, you'll both appreciate this book.
Deal With It! A Whole New Approach to Body, Brain, and Life as a Gurl
by Esther Drill, et al. The ultimate guide for all things girls have to
deal with, from understanding feelings to sex and how your body is
changing. It'll suck you in because it's so cool, straightforward and
real. And because it has tons of resource listings and illustrations.
The Beauty Myth
by Naomi Wolf. Journalist Naomi Wolf argues that women's insecurities
are made worse and then exploited by the cosmetic, diet and plastic
surgery industries. And then girls spend all their time obsessing over
their looks instead of other important issues, like self-respect.
Don't Give It Away!
by Iyanla Vanzant. Ms. Iyanla (a life coach on TV's Starting Over) was
a teen mom and high school dropout, and she went through a lot of
family traumas and abuse as a child. But today she's helping young
women find and keep their power. Girls, learn how to express your
thoughts and feelings about what matters to you, and the secrets to
loving your oh-so-lovable self from one of the greatest respect role
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. Four inspirational and empowering poems about loving the female form.
Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good?
by Miriam Adderholdt & Jan Goldberg. How to figure out if you're a
perfectionist, find a better balance so you can accept yourself (and
body), and deal with your parents if they are pushing you to be perfect.
by Mary Pipher. Published in 1994, this book is still relevant for its
truthful look at the "girl-poisoning" culture that can turn
independent-spirited young girls into struggling teens who have low
Revolution from Within
by Gloria Steinem. Feminist icon Steinem writes about self-worth, the
importance of unlearning unhealthy beliefs, knowing the difference
between romance and love, and so much more. It's written for women, but
girls can handle her straightforward, mature tone--no problem.
by Peggy Orenstein. Inspired by a national study that shows girls'
self-esteem plummeting as they reach adolescence, this book goes inside
two different schools in northern California where girls struggle for
equal educations, assertiveness and confidence.
Odd Girl Speaks Out by Rachel Simmons. Poems, songs, confessions and essays from girls about in-fighting among girls and how to stop it.
Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism
by Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards. Learn how to move beyond
activism, like donating money and writing to politicians, and how to
make a far-reaching impact by organizing your friends, your community