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Sally A. Nuamah
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How Girls Achieve

Sally A. Nuamah


Harvard Uni.Press Academi

Gender studies, gender groups;
Black & Asian studies;
Moral & social purpose of education;
Educational psychology;
Educational strategies & policy


176 pages

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If we want girls to succeed, we need to teach them the audacity to transgress. Through the lives of students at three very different schools, an award-winning scholar-activist makes the case for feminist schools that orient girls toward a lifetime of achievement.

This bold and necessary book points out a simple and overlooked truth: most schools never had girls in mind to begin with. That is why the world needs what Sally Nuamah calls feminist schools, deliberately designed to provide girls with achievement-oriented identities. And she shows how these schools would help all students, regardless of their gender.

Educated women raise healthier families, build stronger communities, and generate economic opportunities for themselves and their children. Yet millions of disadvantaged girls never make it to school-and too many others drop out or fail. Upending decades of advice and billions of dollars in aid, Nuamah argues that this happens because so many challenges girls confront-from sexual abuse to unequal access to materials and opportunities-go unaddressed. But it isn't enough just to go to school. What you learn there has to prepare you for the world where you'll put that knowledge to work.

A compelling and inspiring scholar who has founded a nonprofit to test her ideas, Nuamah reveals that developing resilience is not a gender-neutral undertaking. Preaching grit doesn't help girls; it actively harms them. Drawing on her deep immersion in classrooms in the United States, Ghana, and South Africa, Nuamah calls for a new approach: creating feminist schools that will actively teach girls how and when to challenge society's norms, and allow them to carve out their own paths to success.

By:   Sally A. Nuamah
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780674980228
ISBN 10:   0674980220
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Sally A. Nuamah is a scholar, activist, and filmmaker. She has received numerous awards, including the Gates Millennium scholarship and the Black Women Organized for Political Action's Under 40 Award in Education, and was selected a Change-Maker by the White House. HerStory, her award-winning documentary on girls and education in Ghana, has been screened across the world and is accessible through Discovery Education. She began the TWII Foundation to provide funding for girls striving to be the first in their families to go to college. Most recently, Nuamah was named a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Deeply inspiring. Nuamah introduces us to exceptional schools in the United States, Ghana, and South Africa, takes us into the lives of determined Black girls, and shows us how to produce hope through teaching the key skills of confidence, strategy, and transgression. This book holds profound lessons for students, parents, and educators.--Jane J. Mansbridge, Harvard University Nuamah makes a compelling and convincing case for the development of the type of school that can not only teach girls but also transform them. In so doing, she offers not only a chronicling of problems but also a vision forward. An essential read for all educators, policymakers, and parents invested in a better future.--Joyce Banda, former President of the Republic of Malawi Research shows that schools are the most important institutions for improving life trajectories of the disadvantaged. How then, ...Nuamah asks, can we transform schools to more equitably serve girls?...Her clear prose and approachable style make this a book for a broad audience.-- (03/01/2019) When girls achieve, economies, global systems, and institutions achieve, making winners of us all. This is the crux of this carefully analyzed, inspirational book informed by Nuamah's passion to tell girls' stories. This book will impact education, equality, and the exigencies of life for girls worldwide.--Beatrix Allah-Mensah, Senior Country Operations Officer, The World Bank-Ghana If you're not already conscious about how gender shapes life outcomes and access to opportunity, then this book will help you. Sally Nuamah is a fierce advocate for girls' educational rights and access to quality schooling without the reproduction of narrow gender constructions that marginalize them and impede their chances to step into their full realization as beings. How Girls Achieve is on a dynamic mission that reveals and compels.--Prudence L. Carter, author of Keepin' It Real: School Success beyond Black and White Sally Nuamah's How Girls Achieve blazes new trails in the study of the lives of girls, challenging all of us who care about justice and gender equity not only to create just and inclusive educational institutions but to be unapologetically feminist in doing so. Seamlessly merging research with the stories and voices of girls and those who educate them, this book reminds us that we should do better and inspires the belief that we can. It is the blueprint we've been waiting for.--Brittney C. Cooper, Rutgers University How Girls Achieve makes an urgent case for feminist schools: anti-sexist and anti-racist schools in which the most marginalized are encouraged not only to do well academically, but also to transgress social norms and to disrupt the status quo. Drawing on ten years of research across three countries, Nuamah demonstrates the limitations of educational solutions that emphasize individual resilience and provides compelling examples of institutional changes that can dismantle systemic racial and gender barriers and make schools safe and empowering places at which girls can become agents of social change.--Dara Z. Strolovitch, Princeton University This book provides a timely and much-needed discussion on the status of girls' education. The recommendations and strategies that Nuamah provides throughout are concrete actions that scholars, practitioners, and policymakers can take up to support girls' learning and positive life trajectories.--Charlotte E. Jacobs, coauthor of Teaching Girls

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