SEE JANE WIN by Sylvia Rimm


The Rimm Report on How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women
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A paint-by-the-numbers plan for raising daughters that calls for being challenging but not too challenging, supportive but not too supportive, and promoting a work ethic. Rimm, parenting correspondent on the Today show and a psychology professor at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, has joined with her own successful daughters (Sara, a research psychologist; Ilonna, a pediatric oncologist) to investigate the lives of more than 1,000 achieving women to understand how their success can be translated to the next generation. The universe is self-selected, via ads on the Internet, in choice publications, and by word of mouth. Respondents were basically well-educated middle-class women who evaluated their present lives as generally happy, both personally and professionally. The emphasis is on women who benefited from the women’s movement by choosing careers in business, science, and politics, although nurses, homemakers, and teachers are included. As a result of their research, the authors offer 20 guidelines for raising daughters, and “childhood characteristics” that lead to five career categories. Subsequent chapters elaborate on the findings, offer succinct profiles of women who represent the results of such slogans as “Be a Coach, not a Judge,” “Good Little Girls Aren’t So Bad,” and “Parents Do Make a Difference.” The last chapter is devoted to the roadblocks some women have met their career paths, including pressures from parents and peers to curtail their ambitions. Graphs throughout compare the selected women on such qualities as “self-perception of sociability” (most saw themselves as average or less social than typical). The authors advise parents of daughters to set high academic standards and to encourage competition and an interest in advanced math. Intended for parents and teachers as well as the girls themselves. Hard work and high standards are the foundation of this dry template for guiding girls into becoming women who can successfully combine career and family. (Author tour)

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1999
ISBN: 0-517-70666-0
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1999