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Rachel Simmons

Girls Leadership Institute, Co-Founder

Rachel Simmons is an internationally acclaimed author and educator. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel develops programs that empower girls to be emotionally intelligent, assertive young adults. A consultant to the Center for Work and Life at Smith College, Rachel was the host of the PBS special “A Girl’s Life” and appears regularly in national media.


6 Responses to Rachel Simmons

  1. Meg says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I recently read In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women: Why We Hurt Each other…. by Pat Heim and Susan Murphy. More than anything I have come across, I feel that their research describes the behaviors of many women and girls. I applaud your efforts with adolescent girls. My daughter attended GLI and we found the culture that formed in the two weeks at camp, unfortunately, to be much the same as any girl culture; however, she made some wonderful friends with whom she stays in touch years later. So thank you again for all of your efforts and I look forward to reviewing your college material.


  2. Linda Wolf says:

    Dear Rachel,

    It is due to the group of girls I was part of in middle school, and the experiences I had in relationship with girls that inspired me to start Daughters Sisters Project and write Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood. DS Project turned in to Teen Talking Circles. I hope you’ll look into our work, with girls and mixed gender circles. http://www.teentalkingcircles.org
    Warmly, linda wolf

  3. Becky W says:

    I love the work that Rachel is doing for young women. I took a workshop with Rachel at the Omega Institute and LOVED it! It was called Say What You Mean, Be Who You Are. It is so important for young women to be able to communicate what they need and not be fearful of taking up space. So many young women (and women in general) put aside their needs, dreams, and desires in order to keep relationships intact. Yet the great lesson Rachel Simmon teaches is how communicating with people in our lives is healthy and necessary. What a great way to teach confidence and healthy boundaries to young women that can then translate that into the work place and their future lives!

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  5. Thank you for a brilliant TEDxWomen video that will encourage girls and caring adults all around the world. Our media platform aspires to highlight individuals like you, and the organizations and corporations around the world who believe in the power of raising strong, globally minded, smart and creative girls. We think girls are ready for a steady stream of ideas and inspiration for bigger dreams and a better planet. Cheers to your great work and to the power of inner strength for girls.

  6. Emily Hehir says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I am the host and organiser of TEDxParkvilleWomen, Melbourne Australia’s TEDxWomen event.

    Wow, it is exciting but very dispiriting when you realise there is someone out there who has already done everything you wanted to do! Your books are about exactly what I hoped to write about, and GLI espouses my dreams for a business model I would love to emulate. Have you ever thought about the possibility of GLI expanding to Australia?

    Thanks so much for what you are doing and for being an inspiration to me, I look forward to hearing you talk Rachel.