She also maintained a blog on the Albany Times Union website, where she discussed feminism and pop culture. The top grades The best clothes A great body A cute boyfriend But they may also have. That isn't idleness, that's bettering herself. Her description of the girls being close to tears even when they are smiling and bubbly couldn't be more true, and yes, anxiety attacks, eating disorders, and all manner of health problems are shockingly common. In this way, girls and young women are shifting the power balance between gender within their social circles. My friends are really my lifeline, and there are no words to describe how much I appreciate their willingness to accept my quirks and love me anyway.
With Supergirls Speak Out, Liz Funk performs an invaluable service by examining this serious problem and exploring what we can do to help young women lead healthier, happier lives. A 2008 Pew Research Center survey on decision making in the typical American household found that when it comes to having the final say on everything from how to spend the weekend to which major purchases to make, call the shots in 43 percent of couples. There was one line towards the end of the book that particularly struck me: So much of my identity is wrapped up in being blonde, being Carrie Bradshaw-ish, and being overcaffeinated and micromanaged. Thank you to Dad for instilling creativity and a dedication to the arts in me. Though such a young writer can't possibly tackle the complex state of 21st century feminism without reading at the least precocious, freelance writer Funk has done her research, and her writing is lucid and intelligent. Parents may freak out at first read but girls will say, 'Ohmigod, that is so true. These Supergirls feel the unrelenting need to succeed -- sometimes at the cost of their own happiness and sanity.
That being said, I'd recommend flipping through this book or one like it if you're unfamiliar with the issue. The top grades The best clothes A great body A cute boyfriend But they may also have. She is unclear about her thesis and the definition of her subject, her writing is sub-par how many ellipses does one book need? The breaking point came when Jasmine's ailing father came to live with them. I felt like it could all have been condensed into an article rather than an entire book. It's an exploration of overachieving girls, but the limited focus and the absence of thorough research hurt the writing. Every chapter tried to shock and awe the reader with variations on the same story, girl works hard, girl doesn't sleep, girl has breakdown.
By closely following five girls and interviewing nearly one hundred more, she takes us inside the Supergirl psyche, explaining the causes of this phenomenon and showing how Supergirls can let their sleek and shiny hair down and find some time to relax and enjoy life! These Supergirls feel the unrelenting need to succeed -- sometimes at the cost of their own happiness and sanity. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. They're the college girl involved in a million clubs who shows up five minutes before the 8 a. Namely, she had her sights set on Cornell. Pleasing everyone Oops is right, said the Voorheesville High School grad. Supergirls Believe in Equality…So Why Are We Afraid of the F-word Feminist? Thank you to Sherri Taylor, a fantastic educator at Syracuse University, for being so willing to allow me to participate in the School Press Institute and also for organizing the summer camp that made me certain that writing was my calling.
Whenever I chatted with a girl for my research in this book, I tried to ask her if her constant overworking ever resulted in a breakdown or a health issue…and almost half said yes, whether it was developing anxiety from feeling like they had so much to juggle or being urged by their therapist to pare down their activities after having a mental breakdown at school. You were all so much fun to hang out with…and I promise you, you all have incredibly fascinating lives. Thanks so much to Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Pat, Uncle Anthony and Aunt Kathleen, Aunt Diane, and Uncle Pete and Aunt Julie, plus the entire litter of cousins that constitutes my extended family, for being so quirky and fun, but more importantly, so loving. With practical advice, biting humor, and the sensitivity of someone who's been through it all, Funk's Supergirls Speak Out is the absolutely necessary companion for any girl who thinks 100 percent just isn't enough. And I wonder how the boys who are growing up now, surrounded by competent and powerful women who were always in control, are going to be socialized differently compared to today's adult male population.
A big thanks to Meghan Stevenson, another great editor at Touchstone Fireside, who helped so much throughout the course of this book. She blames parents, blames societies, but no where does she laud the pursuit of excellence, nowhere does she give the girls credit for their great accomplishments. With a goal of becoming a top Washington lobbyist, nothing seems to distract her from her work. This is the only book that has upset me enough to actually keep a reader's journal - I just needed a place to write down all my objections. Naturally, I want to thank my agent, Wendy Sherman, who brought such energy and dedication to our work together and gives all her work such flair.
The top grades The best clothes A great body A cute boyfriend But they may also have. Endless thanks also belong to my family, who have been such a strong support system for me throughout my life and my writing career. They just do more things. Exhaustion Anxiety Eating disorders Crippling insecurity From grammar school girls to working women, the pressure to be perfect is spreading like a disease. So I studied and got on the high honor roll. For my sister, Allie, who is as perfect as a girl can get without it being a cause for concern and who has always unselfishly cared about the well-being of others.
Plus, Liz Funk gives absolutely no reasonable suggestions on how to address this so-called crisis. There is a huge number of Generation Y girls obsessed with their grades, their careers and their bodies. The emotional toll is often damaging -- and can be life-threatening. Centers for Disease Control released the results of a study that found rates of suicide among girls had risen exponentially, with a 32 percent increase among 15-to 19-year-old girls and a 76 percent increase among 10-to 14-year-old girls. The first few chapters of the book discuss high school, then college and finally breaking into the real world. She reminds us over and over again that she was only 18 when she started writing this book and that she is a supergirl herself, but that reminder reads more as a bragging point than a way to let us know that this subject is personal to her.
It says pretty clearly that you doubt he'll follow through--on the laundry, on dinner, on making the appointment with the accountant. Her life is still fast-paced and she still harbors some supergirl tendencies. These supergirls are usually beautiful; they have the perfect grades; they are involved in several school organizations; they are often athletes. Check out The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins for a more realistic and compelling take on this subject. By following the stories of five overachievers from different walks of life, and interviewing almost a hundred more, this book examines the lives of these girls to find out why they feel this need for perfection, and what they can possibly do to avoid the eventual burnout. Furthermore, when describing the unnecessary actions these girls take when coordinating details, she ignores the power that comes with that. She was the valedictorian of her senior class—the girl whom the guys wanted to get with and the girls wanted to be.
When you read the stories of these young women who put so much pressure on themselves to succeed, you may just re-think your own work ethic. These Supergirls feel the unrelenting need to succeed -- sometimes at the cost of their own h Some girls seem to have it all. Women of all ages will benefit from this highly readable, highly enjoyable read. A good deal of unnecessary ranting could have been cut, and brand name fatigue sets in early one hopes Funk is getting kickbacks from Starbucks. The young women that Liz Funk profiles want to have it all. Also, thank you to Ellen Silberman for her incredible work on the publicity and promotion of this book. Some girls seem to have it all.