Rachel Simmons

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Rachel Simmons, born August 10, 1974, is an American author of the book Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls published in 2002. (ISBN 0156027348)


Simmons graduated from Vassar College and was a Rhodes Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford where she began studying female aggression.[1] 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[2] 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

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