Smart Girls

Smart Girls book

A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness (Revised Edition)




Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D.

Why do talented, gifted girls so often fail to realize their potential as they reach adolescence and adulthood? Kerr looks at the obstacles that bright, talented girls often face during adolescence and adulthood — and why so many never reach their potential.

This insightful book offers advice for parents and teachers on how to help smart girls succeed in a rapidly changing world. Although most careers these days are open to women, there are still many challenges that gifted girls face as barriers to achievement. Dr. Barbara Kerr, who also co-authored a similar book on the struggles of gifted boys titled Smart Boys (also available on our website), takes an in-depth look at high-ability girls from preschool to college age as they wrestle with issues relating to their giftedness. These issues include problems with relationships and dating, and ultimately with making decisions about marriage and work. Bright young women often wonder whether they can successfully raise a family and still have a challenging career. This book explores those and other important areas of concern for gifted girls and women. Dr. Kerr also presents research on gifted girls, as well as information on the lives of eminent women, the dual challenge of being a minority gifted girl, and how to help girls achieve self-actualization. This is an outstanding book that will allow adults to help the gifted girls in their lives grow and succeed!


Length: 288 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-26-X
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-26-8

Price: $24.95


…a stimulating read and a thorough overview of the current issues surrounding gifted girls and women today. I strongly recommend Smart Girls (Revised Edition) – A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness to anyone who is interested in understanding and meeting the needs of a gifted girl.”
Davidson Institute for Talent Development

If you think you are parenting one of these young women, I encourage you to get the book and read it cover to cover.”
– review from Source: Sara blog


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