Supergirl is a Myth: How to Help Girls Thrive in a World of Growing Expectations

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Depressive symptoms in girls shot up by 50 percent from 2010 to 2015, a rate more than double that for boys. As social media, college admissions and body image ideals become more ruthless, adolescent girls find themselves increasingly pressured to overachieve. In "Enough As She Is," Rachel Simmons explores how effortless perfection became the expectation for girls and how parents and society can "dispense with the myth of the so-called amazing girl."

Rachel Simmons, author, "Enough As She Is" and "Odd Girl Out"; leadership development specialist, Smith College