MARCH 5, 2007
The original book Why It's Great to Be a Girl: 50 Things You Can Tell Your Daughter to Increase Her Pride in Being Female which was issued in 1994 has now been updated and is being re-released with a new title called Why It's Great to Be a Girl: 50 Awesome Reasons Why We Rule!. The author is "www.jacquelineshannon.com" Jacqueline Shannon. I first read this book in high school, either as a junior or senior. It had all sorts of facts in there that I never knew, or that no one had ever told me. I bought the book and thought, “Wow. This will be great when I have a daughter of my own.” Plus it had the added bonus of building up my self esteem at a time when I was struggling with the woman I was becoming. I later loaned the book to my aunt for her to share with my two female cousins.
Shannon wrote the book after her pre-school daughter encountered sexism and gender bias when she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up answered “a doctor.” The man who had asked the question replied “You let the boys be the doctors...Girls don’t have the stomach to deal with blood.” This was just one of a few examples that her daughter had experienced.