Sara Pipher Gilliam on Reviving Ophelia, Presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

In 1994, Reviving Ophelia was published and shone a much-needed spotlight on the problems faced by adolescent girls. The book became iconic and helped reframe the national conversation about what author Mary Pipher called “a girl-poisoning culture” surrounding adolescents. In this revised and updated Reviving Ophelia, Pipher and her daughter, Sara Pipher Gilliam, examine the impact that social media has, explore the rising and empowering importance of student activism in girls’ lives, the wider acceptance of diverse communities among young people, and growing disparities between urban and rural, rich and poor, and how they affect young girls’ sense of self-worth.

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