Devine Daughters

Here is the Proposal for my book Devine Daughters.  I am looking for a publishers so please let me know if  yu are interested in publishing it.  Also feel free to send me your comments.


Devine Daughters

365 Meditations On Raising Strong girls

by Maureen F. Fitzgerald, Phd

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1. Title: Devine Daughters-365 Meditations on Raising Strong Girls

2. Brief Description: An easy-to-read daybook for parents on how to appreciate adolescent changes, recognize cultural and social pressures, and empower their daughters during the turbulent tween and teen years. Filled with current research, inspirational quotations and practical strategies, parents learn about the world of girls and how to help their daughters navigate these years, while maintaining their own sanity.

3. Back cover copy: “Things will be different for my daughter.”

The difficulties and joys of growing up as a girl have never been more complex in this fast paced, media saturated world. Although girls today have unprecedented choices and we hear a lot about “girl power,” most girls stills struggle with a culture that remains slow to embrace them. The social world of girls too brings with it new pressures and new expectations. Just when girls begin to enter puberty, they are confronted with expectations to be beautiful, slim, sexy and also perfect. As a result many girls lose as sense of themselves, stop speaking up, become depressed and take dangerous risks. These modern girls see themselves as powerful, but are they really?

Supportive, yet informational, Fitzgerald offers the latest research and concrete advice on how to raise your daughter to be confident, courageous and resilient. She combines her own experience as a lawyer, gender expert and mother to describe how many of your daughters’ pressures, although different today, are based on deeply instilled yet outdated beliefs. You will learn strategies, to not just empower your daughters, but to help daughters, sisters and fathers make the world more hospitable for girls. You will learn how to:

  • Recognize the pressures facing your daughter
  • Nurture your daughter’s confidence and strengths
  • Recognize your own assumptions and attitudes hinder your daughter
  • Build a healthy relationship with your daughter
  • Help your daughter navigate cliques and peer pressure
  • Reduce the harmful impact of media
  • Emancipate your daughter

4. Genre: Non-Fiction; Parenting; Teens; Mothers & Daughters; Gender.

5. Audience: Parents (especially mothers struggling with tweens and teens); teachers; youth workers.

6. Format: 365 pages; 365 individual easy-to-read topics. Each page has an inspirational quotation, a two-paragraph description of the topic (based on current research) and reflections or tips for parents to apply. Parents can read one page daily either alone or with their daughters. A book with a similar format is: “Mediations for Women who Do too Much” by Anne Schaef (Harper Collins, 1990)

7. Most similar books: Most competing parenting books are lengthy full-text books that are difficult to read or apply. The main competing books are: JoAnn Deak “Girls will Be Girls-Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters” (NY: Hyperion, 2002); Nicky Marone “How to Mother a Successful Daughter” (NY: Harmony, 1998); Barbara Mackoff “Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong and Spirited Daughter” (NY: Dell, 1996); Mary Pipher “Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls” (NY: Balantine, 1994); Mindy Bingham & Sandy Stryker “Things will be Different for my Daughter” (NY: Penguin, 1995). Jeanne Elium & Don Elium, “Raising a Daughter” (Berkeley, Calif: Celestial Arts, 1994); Lynda Madison “Keep Talking-Mothers Guide to the Preteen Years (NY: Andrews McNeel, 1997); Gisela Preuschoff, “Raising Girls-Why Girls are Different and How to help them Grow up Happy and Strong” (Berkeley, Toronto: Celestial Arts, 2006).

8. Author: Maureen F. Fitzgerald, PhD is a six-time author, gender expert, lawyer and mother of two girls. She has a business degree, two law degrees and a doctorate in education. She taught at two universities and as president of CenterPoint Inc, is dedicated to resolving and preventing workplace bullying and conflicts. Her personal mission is to empower women and girls in a culture that often treats females as second-class citizens.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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