Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood

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Making the transition into womanhood is a time of great potential, challenge, discovery, courage and confusion. Girls often face the journey alone, risking their sense of self and purpose along the way.

Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun provides validation, support and vision through powerful and compelling autobiographical stories gathered from more than forty teenage girls, over half of whom participated weekly in a two-year focus group. By sharing themselves intimately on topics ranging from bulimia, anorexia, body image, peer pressure and terminal illness, to empowered relationships with males, lesbianism, pregnancy, motherhood, drug exploration, sexuality, abuse and suicide, these young women explore the process of discovery, healing and developing self-esteem. Candid narratives are accompanied by interviews with accomplished women mentors.

In Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun, women and girls will recognize themselves and each other and the ageless and timeless struggle of all young women to evolve to be who and what they are.

Few books on the development of adolescent girls are compelling enough to actually be read by the girls themselves. Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun is the exception, with young women the primary audience. Professors and students of Women's Studies courses, educators, professional counselors and parents will also find here a wellspring of insight and understanding. Photographs by world-renowned photographer, Linda Wolf, elevate this book to one of absorbing beauty.

Women mentors in the book are:
Bella Abzug
Michele Akers
Maya Angelou
Byllye Avery
Angela Davis
Riane Eisler
Carol Gilligan
the Indigo Girls
Jean Kilbourne
Wilma Mankiller
Anisa Romero
Starhawk
Lindsay Wagner
Barbara Walker
Marion Woodman

K. Wind Hughes and Linda Wolf are co-founders and co-directors of the Daughters/Sisters Project based on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. The Project holds workshops, classes and ritual gatherings for girls and women and facilitates adolescent focus groups for both genders as well as intergenerational dialogs between teens and elders.

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Nowadays teenage girls--at least those depicted in books--seem to wade through rivers of pain to reach womanhood. Time and again we hear of girls tempering their voices and leaving behind skills and interests like cast-off baggage. And small wonder, when faced with serious issues such as sexual abuse, teen motherhood, drugs, lack of a spiritual toehold, and the hoary chestnut that guys don't like smart, outspoken, athletic girls. To counter such sapping influences, K. Wind Hughes, a onetime teen mother, and Linda Wolf started a weekly focus group for girls designed to hurdle ubiquitous mumbles of "I don't know" and draw out personality and desires. Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun mines this rich lode, pairing the girls with an extraordinary array of mentors who have struggled with some of the same challenges. Poet Maya Angelou, peace activist and Goddess worshiper Starhawk, songwriters the Indigo Girls, and psychologist Carol Gilligan are among those who point the way.

About the Author:

Linda Wolf and K Wind Hughes are co-founders and co-directors of the Daughters/Sisters Project based on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. The Project holds workshops, classes and ritual gatherings for girls and women and facilitates adolescent focus groups for both genders as well as intergenerational dialogs between teens and elders. Together, Wolf and Hughes are consultants, writers, speakers and workshop leaders on girls' development, gender partnership and women's psychology. Linda Wolf is a distinguished photographer, writer and public artist. Her photographs are collected by museums world-wide. K Wind Hughes is a licensed Individual, Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice, founder of Hidden Cove Institute and Chrysalis Counseling, and an ordained minister.

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