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Rachel Simmons Discusses Bullying and Body Image at USU

Rachel Simmons, an author and speaker on bullying and body image, will be at Utah State University speaking to college students, parents and younger teens about bullying and body image problems. Her speech will be held March 5 at 7 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom.

Simmons created a blog and workshops to help young girls develop their relationships and sense of self-worth.

“My books, workshops and curriculum help girls become young women with integrity, self-awareness and personal authority,” Simmons wrote on her website.

Simmons is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, in which she stresses the importance of teen girls’ relationships.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay for a while, and give us a deeper understanding of what is truly important in this life. They touch our souls. We gain strength from the footprints they have left on our hearts, and we will never EVER be the same,” Simmons wrote in her book.

Simmons has been very involved in promoting self-confidence in teenage girls across the nation. She also co-founded the Girls Leadership Institute, a national nonprofit organization, so she could teach girls how to have leadership skills.

Simmons has spent more than a decade giving speeches and workshops for teenage girls. She does this through her blog, which covers topics from friends to parents to “slut shaming.” This is in part to help girls understand that they should be proud of who they are and shouldn’t let life’s problems stop them from achieving their goals.

“Be yourself and you will find, who minds doesn’t matter and who matters won’t mind,” Simmons wrote in her book.

The Center for Women and Gender is very excited to have Simmons here to speak to the students, faculty and community. If you or anyone you know would like to get more involved with the issues Simmons speaks on, please contact us for more information on how you can get involved.

You can get involved with the Center for Women and Gender by visiting their website at For more information on Rachel Simmons, you can visit her website at

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