Rosalind Wiseman

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Rosalind Wiseman
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Notable worksQueen Bees and Wannabes series
James Edwards
(m. 1996)

Rosalind Wiseman is an American parenting educator and author of several publications. Her New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, released in 2002, was the basis of the 2004 film Mean Girls.[1] Wiseman is also the creator of the Owning Up Curriculum, a program that teaches students and educators to take responsibility as bystanders, perpetrators, and victims of unethical behavior.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wiseman grew up in Washington, D.C. with her two younger siblings and parents Kathy, a management consultant, and Steve Wiseman, a real estate developer.[3] After attending Maret School in Washington, DC she attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she began studying martial arts with a fellow student James Edwards, whom she married in 1996. By the time she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1991, Wiseman had earned a second degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do karate.[4]

Wiseman is Jewish,[5] with Jewish ancestors from Poland and Germany.[6][7]


Wiseman and Edwards moved back to Washington, D.C. after graduating, where she began to teach martial arts to young women. After hearing the young girls' questions about social issues they faced, and watching them become empowered by martial arts, Wiseman was inspired to begin working in youth empowerment and leadership-building.[4]

After spending over a decade speaking with girls about the complex social issues they face, including boys, cliques, gossip, social hierarchy, and self-image, Wiseman wrote and published Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Girl World. The book gives suggestions on how parents can better understand and help their daughters navigate the social atmosphere of what Wiseman refers to as "Girl World." It includes candid quotes from the girls Wiseman interviewed. Since its release in 2004, it has become a New York Times Best Seller.[8]


  • Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence (2002), ISBN 1-4000-4792-7 ISBN 978-1400047925
  • Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child's Future (2006), ISBN 1-4000-8300-1
  • Owning Up Curriculum: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice (2009), ISBN 0-87822-609-5 ISBN 978-0878226092
  • Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, (2009), ISBN 0-307-45444-4 ISBN 978-0307454447
  • Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials (2010), ISBN 0-399-24796-3 ISBN 978-0399247965
  • Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World (2013), ISBN 978-0-307-98665-8
  • The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want (2013), ASIN B00EZB57QC


  1. ^ Booth, William (25 April 2004). "Tina Fey, Specs Symbol". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  2. ^ "Owning Up Curriculum". Research Press. 2009. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
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  4. ^ a b Lambert, Pam (13 May 2002). "Mean Teens". People. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
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  8. ^ "Queen Bees & Wannabes". BookBrowse. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

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