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Organizations: International

Women in Engineering (WIE) part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.

Organizations: Local

Tall Ship Education Academy (San Francisco, CA)

Tall Ship Education Academy (TSEA) is a semester program that provides experiential education programs for young women by mixing land-based training, voyages on traditionally rigged sailboats and community involvement. TSEA places students in the demanding physical environment of a ship at sea and challenges them to master rigorous skills and return to their home communities anchored in experiences of both self-reliance and teamwork. TSEA is a special project of San Francisco State University.

Organizations: National

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) (Fairfax, VA)

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a non-profit organization founded in 1971. Their continuing goal is to encourage women in the mathematical sciences. AWM currently has more than 4,100 members (women and men) representing a broad spectrum of the mathematical community — from the United States and around the world!

Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc. has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

Girl's State

The Girls State program targets young women interested in the government process and emphasizes the role of responsible citizenship in good government. As a result of their training in this valuable Auxiliary program, many young women will take responsible positions in business and government.

Joyce Ivy Foundation

This nonprofit organization is committed to the academic advancement and leadership development of young women from the Midwest.

National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY)

In 1969, a group of women and men of Seneca Falls created the National Women's Hall of Fame, believing that the contribution of American women deserved a permanent home in the small village where it all began. The Hall is home to exhibits, artifacts of historical interest, a research library and office. The National Women's Hall of Fame, a national membership organization, holds as its mission: To honor in perpetuity these women, citizens of the United States of America whose contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy and science, have been the greatest value for the development of their country.

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Projects that Benefit Women & Girls

Run by volunteers, OMF is a grant-making organization whose goals are to fund programs that promote building community power and reflect the diversity of the community. They choose to support programs that are led by and benefit women and girls who have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum Award: $2000.

Passages Northwest

At Passages Northwest we are dedicated to educating and motivating girls and women to develop leadership and courage through the integrated exploration of the arts and the natural environment. Our programs present opportunities for healthy challenge -- from rock climbing and sea kayaking to nature based art projects and improvisational activities. Through these challenges Passages Northwest promotes caring, responsive and creative leaders.

Printed Materials: Books

200 Ways to Raise a Boy's Emotional Intelligence: An Indispensible Guide for Parents, Teachers & Other Concerned Caregivers

This guide by Will Glennon and Jeanne Elium, suggests tools for raising emotionally healthy boys in a culture that preaches stoicism for men. Some of the suggestions revolve around attitudes adults should cultivate in dealing with boys. The book also describes practical things adults can do to enhance boys' mental and emotional health.

A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do to Shape Adolescent Boys into Exceptional Men

Michael Gurian the author of "The Wonder of Boys" addresses the challenges of male adolescence. Gurian explores the biological and emotional landscape of male adolescence from cross disciplinary perspectives--culling research from medical science, psychology, anthropology and his own personal observation.

A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls

This book examines the lack of a "crisis of confidence" in homeschooled adolescent girls, compared with other girls in more traditional school settings. Several of the girls interviewed for this study are intellectually or artistically gifted.

Adventures and Challenges: Real Life Stories by Girls and Young Women

Eighteen women share inspirational stories of how they used adventure to challenge themselves beyond their perceived limits. Frances Karnes and Suzanne Bean end their book with a sequential listing of significant accomplishments women have made throughout history. This provides a valuable reminder that women have been accomplishing amazing things for hundreds of years and will continue to do so.

Beyond Appearance: A New Look at Adolescent Girls

This book, written by Norine Johnson, Michael Roberts and Judith Worrell, takes a scientific approach to research the culture of teenage girls. The book discusses gender roles, body image, family/peer relationships, sexual decision making, and experiences that impact and shape teenage girls and society.

Breaking Through: Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

In this book, topics ranging from how role models can make a difference to finding non-stereotypical toys and taking trips that inspire STEM discovery and engagement are illustrated with research evidence and real-life examples from girls and women. Regardless of a daughter's age (from birth to young adulthood), parents will find tips they can immediately use to help combat the gender imbalance in STEM areas.

Empowered Girls: A Girls Guide to Positive Activism, Volunteering, and Philanthropy

This book offers a hands-on guide for girls looking to take an active role in their school and community. The authors offer solid reasons for active involvement, strategies for choosing how to be of help and with which groups; and methods for getting involved. The book is filled with advice, resources and Web sites. One of the book's more important sections highlights the accomplishments of girls who have successfully made a positive change in their community. A handbook for involvement and empowerment and an inspirational guide for young women wanting to make a difference.

Girls and Young Women Entrepreneurs: True Stories About Starting and Running a Business Plus How You Can Do It Yourself

In this inspirational book, Frances Karnes, Suzanne Bean and Elizabeth Verdick introduce dozens of young female entrepreneurs ranging in age from 9 to 25, and offers advice and instruction for others wishing to start a business.

Girls Think of Everything

Women and girls have created ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (windshield wipers) and best loved (chocolate chip cookies). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters

Read about original concepts that form a framework to help parents better understand their daughters. This book gives girls perspectives as they struggle with body image, self esteem, intellectual growth, peer pressure, and media messages.

Great Books for Boys

One of the things many boys give up on their way to manhood is a love of reading. This thoughtfully compiled annotated bibliography gives parents, teachers, and librarians strategies to help prevent this. Titles are organized by reader age and genre. Each entry provides a bibliographic citation, suggested age range, and brief annotation. Odean urges adults to provide boys with literature that reflects the widest possible range of emotions and experiences, from swashbuckling adventure to peaceful daydreaming. A list of magazines for young readers acknowledges the importance of other reading material.

Great Books for Girls

These books contain strong female characters, "girls and women who are creative, capable, articulate and intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts and going on quests. This resource book is divided by age group/difficulty level. They are not sidekicks or tokens waiting to be rescued; they are doing the rescuing." Nor are they waiting for a male to provide a happy ending; they are fashioning their own stories and their own endings.

Helping Boys Succeed in School: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers

This book, written by Terry W. Neu, Ph.D., Rich Weinfeld, combine field-tested strategies and advice with case studies of boys across the nation to give smart young boys and their parents a strong guide for ensuring boys' success in school and the future.

How Jane Won

See Jane Win was propelled to the bestseller list by girls and parents seeking advice on how modern women can achieve success and happiness. How Jane Won, its companion, tells the stories of some 50 women who have been successful both at work and at home. Ranging in age from 30 to 80--some famous, some not--these women speak in their own voices about how their girlhoods sowed the seeds for their success, and how they coped with society's prejudices, triumphed despite discouragement, and found inspiration.

I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You!: A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict - Suriviving and Thriving During Your Daughter's Teenage Years

Authors Roni Cohen-Sandler and Michelle Silver say that although the teen years can be a tumultuous time for girls and their mothers, don't despair. Strong feelings and conflict, if approached correctly, can actually lead to a deeper mutual understanding and a more satisfying relationship.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

This book by Rachel Simmons, begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind: they must value friendships; but they must not express the anger that might destroy them. Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop what the author calls "a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression." Simons, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, presents clear-cut strategies for parents, teachers, and girls who resist them.

Once Upon a Heroine: 400 Books for Girls to Love

Using recommendations from librarians, teachers, book reviews, and their own experiences as mothers, the authors have compiled a list of classic and current titles from almost every genre that provides girls with positive role models.

Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self

The topics covered in this book by Sara Shandler, include parental expectations, racial relations, and faith and eating disorders. Shandler also gives practical insight for parents who may find it hard to relate to their teenage daughters. Ranging from problems with body image and self-mutilation to difficult relationships with parents and other family members, to intense academic pressures, the book includes entries from dozens of girls across the country.

Parent's Guide to Raising a Gifted Toddler: Recognizing and Developing the Potential of Your Child from Birth to Five Years

While this digest includes articles, research reports and advice from Gifted Children Monthly, it also contains original work by author James Alvino on emotional needs, perfectionism and the superbaby scourge and gender-specific issues.

Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

This book will help you understand how your daughter's relationship with friends and cliques sets the stage for other intimate relationships as she grows and guides her when she has tougher choices to make about intimacy, drinking and drugs, and other hazards. With its revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques, enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and a much-needed sense of humor, this book will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make smarter choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life.

Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different - And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men

In this book, author and therapist Steve Biddulph explains to parents how to embrace the differences between boys and girls and work with them. Citing such gender specific risks facing boys as a higher percentage of learning disabilities to greater threats of violence and suicide, Biddulph maps out parenting strategies for three distinct stages of growth.

Real Boys' Voices

Dr. William Pollack provides an inside look into the secret emotional lives of boys. The reader is able to hear boys speak for themselves, in their own voices, about everything from violence, school, parents, depression and girls to suicide, sports, sex and spirituality.

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School for more than two decades, Real Boys explores this generation's "silent crisis": why so many boys are sad, lonely, and confused although they may appear tough, cheerful, and confident. Only when we understand what boys are really experiencing, says Pollack, can parents and teachers help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression and violence, drugs and alcohol, sexuality and love.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Mary Pihper explains why more American adolescent girls are prone to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before. Dr. Pipher challenges the reader to look at what our culture does to teenage girls.

See Jane win for girls: A smart girl's guide to success

Noted child psychologist Sylvia Rimm, along with her daughters, a research psychologist and a pediatric oncology researcher, conducted a three-year survey of more than a thousand successful women to uncover what elements of their childhood and adolescence contributed to their success -- and how today's parents can give their own daughters the same advantages. Click here to read a review of this book.

Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood and the Search for Meaning

Written by Barbara Kerr and Sanford Cohn, this book explores the relationship between being highly gifted and being male. The book cites research and case studies showing that many gifted boys don't live up to their potential and suffer social isolation, having to choose between excellence and "normality." Click here to read a review of this book.

Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness

From preschool to college dating, bright young girls and women endure countless challenges and opportunities. Written by Barbara Kerr and Sanford Cohn, this book explores many of these obstacles and offers practical advice for parents and teachers on how to help gifted girls grow and succeed. Click here to read a review of this book.

Teaching and Counseling Gifted Girls

This Gifted Child Today reader, by Susan Johnsen and James Kendrick, covers some of the most important issues facing gifted and talented girls during their school years, from elementary school through college. Included are specific chapters on counseling and classroom strategies for help ensure these students' future success.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? (2nd ed.)

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children provides a comprehensive summary of the empirical research on the social and emotional development of gifted children by leading authorities in the field. It includes several features that make it the leading text on what we know about the social and emotional development of gifted children. For example, it summarizes the most significant findings from the empirical research on the topic. It also includes noteworthy variations that have been observed across cultural groups or global contexts. Each chapter also provides a short description of the practical applications that can be made from the research. The second edition includes an entirely new section on the psychosocial aspects of talent development, as well as addresses the burgeoning interest and research base regarding gifted performance. The text also includes several new topics that have emerged from the research in the past decade, such as the neuroscience of talent development and motivation for talent development. Click here to read a review of the first edition of this book.

Young Women of Achievement: A Resource for Girls in Science, Math, and Technology

This useful guide will provide motivation for girls considering careers in science, mathematics, and technology. If you are a girl or young woman who has an interest in science or think you might, this excellent guide, full of highly useful information, will start you on the path toward realizing your career dreams.

Printed Materials: Online Documents

Remarkable Women: Perspectives on Female Talent Development

This 18-page booklet is the first publication to consolidate and expand existing knowledge about highly capable women and the internal and external forces that lead them to extraordinary adult accomplishment. The collected studies include women from a wide variety of backgrounds and talent domains whose paths to exceptional achievement illuminate the nature of female talent development and provide models to help more women fulfill their promise in adulthood.

Schools & Programs: Independent

The Traveling School (Bozeman, MT)

The Traveling School is a semester-long program for girls 15-18 who wish to enhance their traditional academic experience with an overseas adventure. This non-profit is dedicated to the values of building self-esteem, increasing tolerance, creating cultural awareness, and encouraging academic exploration. Students earn full academic credit for seven semester courses in math, history, science, language arts, foreign language, PE, and global studies. The innovative and interesting curriculum takes full advantage of the environment and the culture overseas. The Traveling School works with students and their regular home high schools to ensure students receive full academic credit towards graduation.

Schools & Programs: Math & Science Programs

Coastal Studies for Girls (Freeport, ME)

Coastal Studies for Girls is a semester-long marine and environmental science school for girls. It brings girls from around the country to the coast of Maine for 16 weeks during the fall or spring term of their sophomore year of high school, enabling them to immerse themselves in a challenging and rewarding experience while living in a beautiful coastal landscape that serves as a natural laboratory. Students at Coastal Studies for Girls interact directly with resident scholars and guest lecturers as they pursue a rigorous marine science-based curriculum.

Summer Programs: MidWestern Region

All Girls All Math: Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls (Lincoln, NE)

The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest. Camp participants learn about the exciting mathematics of Chaos and Codes. The girls will work with female mathematics professors and graduate students, and interact with peers who share an interest in mathematics. They live in University of Nebraska-Lincoln residence halls and are chaperoned by a female mathematics graduate student.

Camp Kupugani (Leaf River, IL)

Less than two hours west of Chicago, Camp Kupugani - in separate girls-only and boys-only sessions - provides a multicultural sleepaway camp that focuses on diversity and communication skills in a fun atmosphere, uniting children of varied backgrounds and providing them with empowerment and community-building skills, so that children aged 7 to 15 expand comfort zones and build character.

Girls on Ice (North Cascades, WA)

If you are a 16-18 year old girl, love adventure and want to learn about science in the outdoors, this course is for you! Discover the world of glaciers on Mount Rainier, an active volcano with 35 square miles of snow and ice. Experienced mountaineers and a glaciologist will lead nine women on a research expedition to the Emmons Glacier. We'll backpack to a remote campsite, sleep beneath the stars, and investigate glaciers as forces of erosion and indicators of climate change. To navigate the glacier safely, you'll learn basic mountaineering skills, including how to rope-up and self-arrest. The course will begin and end at White River Campground near the park's northeast entrance. Tuition includes food, group camping and glacier travel equipment.

Summer Technology Engineering Preview Summer Camp (STEPS) (Detroit, MI)

STEPS (Summer Technology Engineering Preview Summer camp for girls) is a one-week residential summer program for girls entering the 10th or 11th grade. STEPS was developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1997 to encourage young women to consider engineering and manufacturing as a career. UDM camp’s main sponsor is Ford Motor Company, with additional support from Visteon and Daimler Chrysler.

Summer Programs: NorthEastern Region

Kieve's Science and Wilderness for Girls & Women

The Kieve Science and Wilderness Programs encourage girls and women to pursue their goals despite traditional stereotypes, take healthy risks, problem solve, and try new things. Our Wilderness Programs include Junior, Senior and Advanced expeditions, as well as a Mother/Daughter and Women's Adventures. Our purpose is to dispel some of the old stereotypes, to boost the opportunities for girls in science, and to help young women begin to recognize their potential. We give girls the opportunity to do what boys had been doing at Kieve for so many years and to honor their place in society as confident, capable contributors in a variety of fields, including science.

MIT Women's Technology Program (Cambridge, MA)

The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a residential summer program in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to introduce high school girls to EECS the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. Participants are selected from a pool of young women who have demonstrated talent in math and science. Admissions are academically competitive. We expect students to be able to handle college-level material, but no prior experience in computer programming, physics, or engineering is required.

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) (Northampton, MA)

SSEP is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Summer Programs: Western Region

Camp H (Berkeley, CA)

Camp H is a one-of-a-kind design and building camp for girls ages 9-12 that inspires creativity and curiosity through hands-on building, problem-solving, and meaningful making. In both summer and after-school programs, girls will cut plywood with a jigsaw, fuse metal with a welder, and create projects of personal and social relevance. Camp H’s instructors are female architects, designers, creative educators, and graduates of our Studio H high school design/build program.

GirlVentures Project Courage (San Francisco, CA)

This summer program is for girls who love adventure. Project Courage is a two-week wilderness self-discovery journey, taking place in Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay and Goat Rock State Parks. Girls will live outdoors in a safe and supportive environment while discovering and exploring their courageous selves through physical and creative activities, such as: backpacking; rock climbing; story telling; sea kayaking; and, art in nature.

Women's Wilderness Institute

The Women's Wilderness Institute offers wilderness experiences for women and teen girls in the Rocky Mountains and the deserts of the Southwest. Whether you're seeking a rejuvenating week of backpacking, the skills to build your own top-rope anchor, or the determination to make a major change in your life, we hope you'll join us for an unforgettable experience that will increase your wilderness skills, refresh your spirit, and bring you the joy of a wilderness adventure in the company of women.

Websites & Other Media: Commercial


E-gifted hosts a variety of live, real-time classes for kids which are academically rigorous with a focus on creative and critical thinking. They provide opportunities for parents to attend workshops, sign-up for consulting, and join an active learning community. E-gifted also offers "A Gifted Girl's Club," an online club in a digital classroom designed to empower smart girls and get them together to make lasting friendships.


Outervention offers comprehensive programs that strengthen relationships between adolescent girls and their parents. We use challenging and nurturing wilderness experiences and extensive follow-up programs as vehicles for girls to become strong, confident and independent young women. Parents participate in the programs to support their daughters in the development of their individual voices. Recognizing the challenges of being an adolescent and parenting one is the key to the success of Outervention.

Websites & Other Media: Informational

A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl is a website of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident and courageous girls.

Entitled to be Exceptional

This article by Douglas Eby, discusses how "the contributions of gifted and talented women are needed more than ever, including creative work from women willing to be "improper" if that's what it takes. Men and male-defined standards, rules and expectations can limit what women feel or perceive they are entitled to be."

Gender Differences in Abilities and Preferences Among the Gifed: Implications for the Math-Science Pipeline

This article written by David Lubinski and Camilla Persson Benbow and hosted on the Vanderbilt website, is a research study on the gender differences in the abilities and preferences among the gifted in the fields of mathematics and sciences.

Gender Issues in Gifted Education

This article by Lynn Rose discusses the issue of gender in certain male-dominated disciplines. Females tend to shy away from math and technology fields even among the gifted population. The author researches differential treatment of boys and girls by parents and teachers, and shares her own study of high ability students and their thoughts.

Girl Geeks

This website is an online community for women and girls interested in technology and computing. GirlGeeks is provided by (Bay Area Video Coalition), a non-profit organization dedicated to making media and technology resources available to everyone, particularly traditionally underserved segments of the population.

Influences of Gender on Academic Achievement

This research paper explores the gender differences on math and science achievement. The author concludes that women should be encouraged to take more math and science classes.

The Emotional Journey of the Gifted and Talented Adolescent Female

Written from the parent's perspective, this article describes the psychological and social developmental issues of an adolescent female. Part case-study and part instructive narrative, the article provides an insightful look at the dynamic between parent and child.