All-Girls Education

Recommended Reading


List of 8 items.

  • A Vision for Girls: Gender, Education, and the Bryn Mawr School

    by Andrea Hamilton
    This shows the history of the Bryn Mawr School, the first college-preparatory school for girls in the United States, which opened in 1880. Why this book is a must-read: It offers a case study in the impact that a girls' school has not only on its students, but in creating an entire culture of encouragement and success for women. Read more.
  • Failing At Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls

    by Myra & David Sadker
    This work explains how gender bias makes it impossible for girls to receive an education equal to that given to boys. Why this book is a must-read: it uses real anecdotal evidence from girls who explain what it’s like to get called on less in class than their male counterparts, eventually leading to girls getting lower test scores across all subjects. Read more.
  • For Girls Only: Making a Case for Single-Sex Schooling

    by Janice L. Streitmatter
    This book examines research and public policy regarding single-sex schooling, especially in comparison to girls-only classes in public, coeducational schools. Why this book is a must-read: It shows how, despite Title IX in 1972 which pushed for equal access regardless of gender, many public, coeducational schools have not been able to fully address equity for girls.  Read more.
  • How Schools Shortchange Girls: The AAUW Report: A Study of Major Findings on Girls and Education

    by American Association of University Women
    This work was one of the first of its kind to expose the systematic bias that girls face in education. Why this book is a must-read: It uses specific research to document the disadvantage that girls in coeducational schools face throughout their school-age years. Read more.
  • Learning Like a Girl: Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own

    by Diana Meehan
    Meehan is driven by her belief that girls deserve classrooms of their own with teachers mindful of their possibilities, who prize education, and encourage their multi-dimensional success. A girl-centered education is indeed a transformative experience. Why this book is a must-read: The author explains why coeducation so often doesn't serve girls, takes sides in the controversy over male/female learning differences, and advocates for schools' role in giving girls tools to navigate through our sexualized, materialistic culture. Read more.
  • Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling

    by Rosemary Salamone
    Especially for the perspective of minority students, this work poses the option of single-sex schooling as a way to ensure a generation of thriving young leaders. Why this book is a must-read: It not only deconstructs gender, but also race and class as barriers to success for girls in our traditional school systems. Read more.
  • Where Girls Come First

    by Ilana DeBare
    This book gives a compelling history of girls’ schools, from their rise and fall in popularity to the resurgence in their importance in the last few decades. Why this book is a must-read: The author interviewed educators and parents on why they view all-girls schools as a necessity in raising strong women. Read more.
  • Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

    by Leonard Sax
    This book focuses on recent research showing that sex differences are important to the way that children are raised and educated. Why this book is a must-read: It explains that girls and boys learn differently and how an environment that is geared to their specific needs can help them learn more quickly and thrive. Read more.


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  • Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters

    by Joann Deak
    This book provides solutions and actions that, when taken, can help enable and empower girls and young women. Why this book is a must-read: Not only does it show examples of and provide solutions for the struggles that girls face that derail their self-esteem, but these steps were taken by educators at The Ellis School to make sure that our students can be their best selves possible. Read more.
  • In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development

    by Carol Gilligan
    This groundbreaking work was the first of its kind to look at the psychology of what it means to be female. Why this book is a must-read: It sheds new light on how women think and interact with our world, showing that places like Ellis that truly understand how women think and learn are the best place to nurture our youth. Read more.
  • Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

    by Danica McKellar
    Actress Danica McKellar — called a "math superstar" by The New York Times — rips the lid off the myth that math "sucks." Why this book is a must-read: With Danica as a personal tutor and coach, even the most frustrated student will finally "get" fractions, decimals, rates, ratios, proportions, "solving for x," and more — the very concepts that, if not fully understood in middle school, have been proven to cause continued problems throughout high school and beyond. Read more.
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

    by Mary Pipher
    This work examines the problems with self-esteem and depression that many parents and educators see when it comes to raising young women. Why this book is a must-read: It deconstructs the ways our culture, media, and school system bind girls in a catch-22 and shows ways that they can step out of these confines to become strong women. Read more.
  • Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap

    by Peggy Orenstein
    For many years, the author interviewed both boys and girls on what it means to be masculine and feminine, and examined the implications that these stereotypes have on the self-esteem of our nation’s children. Why this book is a must-read: The author does not shy away from the real-life results of low self-esteem in girls, from eating disorders to declining academic achievement. Read more.
  • The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures

    by Stephen Hinshaw
    The triple bind that girls face today: Act sweet and be nice, be a star athlete and get straight A's, and seem sexy and hot even if you’re not. Why this book is a must-read: It not only examines the pressures and expectations on girls today, but also ways that they can overcome and thrive as themselves. Read more.