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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781785042805
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

What Girls Need

How to Raise Bold, Courageous and Resilient Girls




Written by a head teacher of a leading independent girls school renowned for creating future female leaders, and who also has a BA from Harvard in Geophysics, flown jets for the US Navy and been a counter-terrorism expert in the White House, this book fills a big gap in the market for parents of girls who want to help them build the skills to succeed and achieve their potential.

The key ingredient to success for girls isn't confidence or resilience, education or courage. What matters most is how all these elements work together in the boldest way possible. This is What Girls Need, now and for the future.

Based on ground-breaking work at the all-girls Baldwin School, renowned for helping girls thrive personally and professionally, and using lessons from the author's own stellar career path in typically male-dominated environments - she has a BA from Harvard in Geophysics, flown jets for the US Navy and been a counter-terrorism expert in Afghanistan and the White House - this is an essential hand-book for all parents of girls - and anyone who cares about girls and what happens to them. It will empower you to help her close the confidence gap with boys, find her voice, nurture her competitive spirit, turn her audacity into persuasion, learn the art and skill of networking, and find role models - all the things that will help her succeed as an adult woman - whatever field they enter, whatever challenge they face.

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781785042805
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Marisa Porges

Dr Marisa Porges is known for her work on leadership, education, and national security. She is currently the eighth Headmaster of The Baldwin School, a 130-year-old all-girls school outside of Philadelphia that is renowned for academic excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and change-makers. Prior to joining Baldwin, Dr Porges was a leading counterterrorism and national security expert serving in such places as the Obama White House and the US Navy. Porges has a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in security studies from King’s College London. Her awards include the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 21st Century Leader Award and the NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan.

Praise for What Girls Need

I cannot wait to read this book, to read it to my daughters, and to discuss it with my mom. Ideas of what girls need have changed so much, even in our lifetimes. I look forward to Marisa’s unique perspective on how we can support the audacity and ambition of girls everywhere!

Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

This is destined to be a powerful book about how we can raise girls to become bold, ambitious women. The ideas are captivating, the stories are gripping, and Marisa Porges is the perfect person to write it.

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

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