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October 6.
Save them from bullying.

The Womenís Fund presented best-selling author Rachel Simmons, nationally-recognized expert on bullying among girls.

Bullying among girls hurts today and impacts tomorrow. That is why The Womenís Fund brought to the Capital Region Rachel Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (2003) and the new The Curse of the Good Girl.

This important three-part event was both a community service to help middle and high school girls who struggle with bullying every day and a fundraiser for The Womenís Fund. We reached nearly 1000 people, including high school girls, parents, and over 100 educators. More than 500 people attended the evening program at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The Women's Fund offered free tickets to families who could not afford to purchase evening tickets, available through principals of area public schools, directors of non-profits, and leaders of faith-based organizations. We are pleased to have given out almost 200 free tickets.

Here are some comments we received about Rachel's presentations:

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful event that was yesterday morning. The girls were very enthusiastic about what they had seen and heard and Rachel Simmons was an engaging and dynamic presenter. We look forward to following up with the students in smaller groups. Many thanks to you and the Women's Fund for such a memorable time.
Mary Convertino, Academy of the Holy Names

Thank you! It was definitely a worthwhile event! Helen, our guidance counselor, and her daughter (a middle schooler) attended the evening session and found it to be very good as well. Helen was one of our chaperones in the morning. She has actually shown Rachelís film to her health class in years past and had the opportunity to tell that to Rachel. Helen is actually going to send her a handout that she uses with the girls after they view the film. Isnít that great?!

I thought the event was terrific and we were very pleased to be a part of it. Thank you for organizing it.
Ann Wendth, Albany Academies

Our teachers said the afternoon session was superb, as well. Rachel got rave reviews for both content and presentation style. Thanks for including us!
Trudy Hall, Headmistress, Emma Willard School
Picture of Rachel Simmons and Susan Haigh Hough
Picture of students listening to Rachel Simmons
Picture of Rachel Simmons listening to a teacher
Picture of Rachel Simmons and audience members

  • Morning session, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, underwritten by the Albany Academies, the Academy of the Holy Names, and Emma Willard School.

  • Free after-school program, 4-5:30 pm at NYSUT headquarters, for educators to learn and earn CEUs through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. This program was full, with 110 educators profiting from Rachel's presentation.

  • 7 pm presentation, open to all, but specifically geared toward middle and high school parents and girls, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets were $20 for adults and $10 for girls under 19.

    Educators were eligible to earn CEUs through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center by attending this evening presentation.

    Our emcee was Benita Zahn of NewsChannel 13 and Health Link on WMHT-TV.

Offering inspiring and humorous presentations, Rachel Simmons has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Dateline NBC and NPR, and will be featured on PBS shortly before her visit. To see Rachel on the Today Show, click on the color photo below.


Fighting the rise of girl bullies Fighting the rise of girl bullies

For more information on Rachel Simmons, please visit www.apbspeakers.com.

Our Sponsors

This event is possible thanks to the following sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

Key Bank | Key 4 Women logo

Silver Sponsor

Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Academy of the Holy Names The Albany Academies Emma Willard School

In-kind Sponsors

NYSUT SAANYS The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation WMHT

Thank you also to Junior League of Albany and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions for their support.

Program made possible in part through grants from:

  • The William and Mary Barnet Family Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region; and
  • The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.