Simmons graduated from Vassar College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford where she began studying female aggression. She is a native of Rockville, Maryland, her mother Claire is a Jewish historian and her father Luiz R. S. Simmons is an attorney and a member of the Maryland General Assembly.
On September 1, 2009 Simmons was interviewed on NBC's The Today Show about her new book "The Curse of the Good Girl". Rachel Simmons recently gave a speech about empowering girls to Qualters Middle School in Mansfield Massachusetts to sixth and seventh grade girls.
On April 6, 2015, Simmons was the keynote speaker at the "Educating Girls: Be Well, Lead Well" conference held in New York City and sponsored by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Coalition of Girls Schools.
- Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. New York: Harcourt, 2002. ISBN 978-0-15-100604-5
- Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write About Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy. Orlando, Fla: Harcourt, 2004. ISBN 978-0-15-602815-8
- The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. New York: The Penguin Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59420-218-6
- Official Site
- Rachel Simmons at the Internet Movie Database
- Teenage Girls And Social Media: Tips For Parents From A Best-Selling Author, All Things Considered, August 8, 2011
- Rachel Simmons Video produced by Makers: Women Who Make America
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