The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence

Lessons in breaking the curse of the good girl-from the bestselling author of “Odd Girl Out

Girls today still pressure themselves to conform to the old, narrow paradigm of a nice, people-pleasing, rule-following, even-tempered, socially acceptable good girl, shunning the image of a rebellious, proud, socially outré, in-charge, outspoken bad girl. To dispel the curse of the good girl, and despite using those familiar, easily misconstrued labels as a touchstone, the author offers instructive tales out of school and workshops, revealing that flawed communication rituals and fear of confrontation contribute equally to a girl’s belief that it is more important to be liked than to be an individual

Bestselling author, Rachel Simmons exposes the myth of the Good Girl, an identity that diminishes girls’ power and potential by encouraging a very limited version of selfhood.

Drawing from the stories of the women and girls who attend her workshops, recently profiled in the NYT, Simmons traces the impact of Good Girl pressure on girls’ development and provides strategies to teach girls to not only listen to their inner voice, but also to empower and embrace their real selves. The Curse of the Good Girl is a call to arms from a new front in female empowerment, providing tangible lessons and effective strategies to help Good Girls become Real Girls.


“My deepest hope is that girls realize the importance of what Rachel is saying to them and incorporate it into all of their relationships.” – Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes “Every mother who wants to raise an authentic, courageous girls will be grateful for the clear-headed guidance that Ms. Simmons provides.” – Michael Thompson, Ph.D. coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys “Simmons’ cogent thinking, excellent writing an compelling stories help readers understand the difference between compliant and authentic.”
– Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace

Written by Rachel Simmons

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