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Journalist Peggy Orenstein on Teenage Girls' Self-Esteem

In 1990, an American Association of American Women survey found that the self-esteem of young girls plummets during adolescence. A year later, journalist Peggy Orenstein was commissioned to do a follow-up study, which resulted in her new book, "Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap." Orenstein talked to girls in two junior high schools, and examined some of the factors that influenced their feelings about themselves, including schooling, family, and class.

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Other segments from the episode on September 20, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 20, 1994: Interview with Peggy Orenstein; Interview with Alan Zweibel; Review of Luscious Jackson's album "Natural Ingredients."

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