The new edition has been updated and expanded with the half of the author's daughter, Madeline, who is now in college. The orginal book was designed for mothers of young daughters, but the new version is geared toward girls entering adolescence. She's also made the book more multicultural and global to focus on achievements of women worldwide, since the first book focused on women in Western countries. Her hope is that the book will reach an international audience of girls in whose countries gender bias is even worse than in the United States.
"www.harpercollins.com" From the publisher's website:
After all, what girl wouldn't feel great about herself knowing that:
• girls hear better than boys
• girls drive better than boys
• girls bodies are stronger than boys' in every way, except for muscles
• girls are less susceptible to major diseases
• and , according to many anthorpologists and archaeologists, girls actually "civilized" humankind!
My favorite one of the above is that girls drive better than boys. My dad and uncle have made mean remarks about "women drivers" for years, but they were wrong!
I'll be heading to my local bookstore next week to pick up a copy, and will hold onto it until my daughter is old enough to read it for herself. Though she is still young, I hope to instill a sense of pride in her that being female is a wonderful thing, and I hope she never feels like the "weaker sex" or inferior to boys.
- Michelle Schafer, Communications and Publications Coordinator
Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, D.C.