Monday, August 30, 2010

Win a copy of "The Curse of the Good Girl" by Rachel Simmons

Were you a "good girl" growing up? Taught to be unfailingly perfect and nice, to be smart but not opinionated, successful but not ambitious? 

Times have changed and being a good girl today can be a challenge.   If you have a daughter, you're probably having to deal with some issues you didn't face as a kid.

With her 2002 book Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons brought the issue of female bullying to a national spotlight. She argued that the pressure for girls to project a perfect image forces them to repress their true feelings and replace healthy conflict resolution with indirect and often vicious acts of aggression.

In her newest book, Simmons reveals the root of a problem with far-reaching consequences for all areas of girls’ lives in THE CURSE OF THE GOOD GIRL: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence (The Penguin Press; August 25, 2009; $25.95).

(Want to WIN a FREE copy of this amazing book? See the end of this post!)

Rachel Simmons shows how the pressure to be a Good Girl disconnects girls from their true desires, thoughts, and emotions. Without the permission to make mistakes or take healthy risks, the Good Girl never learns to cope with conflict or criticism and fails to develop vital skills and habits necessary for success later in life. The Curse undermines girls’ sense of self, erecting a psychological glass ceiling that has the potential to severely limit personal and professional success in adulthood.

Rachel's New York Times bestseller The Curse of the Good Girl will release in paperback on August 25, and in honor of that she's hitting the road this fall to put on parent-daughter workshops in 5 cities.

 Catch Rachel when she comes through Dallas:

Wednesday, September 22
7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Lamplighter School
11611 Inwood Road

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble – Preston & Park
  • Admission $15.00 per parent/daughter (excluding taxes)
  • Includes one copy of The Curse of the Good Girl
  • Tickets on sale in August from Barnes & Noble – Preston & Park, by phone (972) 612-4028, via e-mail here, or in store at 2201 Preston Road, Suite E, Plano Texas.
 During the Dallas Be You! tour event, Rachel will guide parents and girls (ages 8 & up) through a fun, interactive workshop where they'll discuss:

•    How to break the Good Girl Glass Ceiling and develop an Inner Resume
•    The Myth of Girls’ Emotional Intelligence
•    How Good Girlspeak May Limit Your Daughter’s Potential – and What You Can Do About it Today
•    As a Good Girl, Your Salary Was Probably Set in the Seventh Grade
•    Good Girls and Criticism: With less and less exposure to honest feedback, girls don’t develop the thick skin they need to weather challenges and take healthy risks.
•    The Curse of the Good Mother: How trying to be a perfect mother sets a destructive example for your daughter.

If you'd like to win an advance copy of The Curse of the Good Girl, leave a comment below. For additional chances to win, tweet this blog post or post a link of your Facebook age! be sure to come back and leave me the url as proof.  Contest will end at midnight on Friday, September 3, 2010.  One winner will be picked and your prize will be mailed directly from the press agent for Rachel Simmons.

Special thanks to Emily Bartek Consulting, Rachel Simmons and The Penguin Press!  They provided the book being given to the winner, free of charge, in exchange for hosting this giveaway on my site. The opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.


  1. This looks awesome! I only have boys, but I recently attended a luncheon with 3 men speaking about why women aren't at the top of organizations and they're number one advice was to let girls know at an early age that they can do anything they want, even be a CEO!!

  2. Want the book, need the book. As daughter, as mother, as career woman. The title says it all. Thanks, C! Kate Alpert

  3. I would love to take Brooke to this! I would also love to read this book. Jennie Lieber

  4. Would love a copy of this book - looks great!

  5. Congrats to @Shauna who was selected as to win a copy of this book!