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Peggy Orenstein's Biography

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Filmmaker Steven Okazaki
Oct 2007

Peggy Orenstein is the author, most recently, of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (HarperCollins, 2011) and the memoir, Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother (Bloomsbury USA, 2007).

An internationally recognized writer, editor, and speaker about issues affecting girls and women, her previous books include Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World (Doubleday/Anchor), and the best-selling SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap (Doubleday/Anchor).

A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Orenstein has also written for such publications as Vogue, Elle, Discover, More, Glamour, Mother Jones, Salon, Parenting, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Her work appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American Science Writing (2004), and she has published editorials in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous college campuses and conferences and a guest on such programs as Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition, and CBC’s As It Happens.

Orenstein has served as Managing Editor of Mother Jones magazine, and was a founding senior editor of 7 Days, a weekly magazine on New York City politics, arts, and style. She was also an associate editor of Manhattan, Inc. magazine and an assistant editor at Esquire.

Her film work includes executive producing the Oscar-nominated documentary The Mushroom Club, producing and narrating a segment on the Minnesota State Fair for PBS’s Life 360 series, consulting on the HBO documentaries Black Tar Heroin and Rehab, and appearing as an on-camera interviewer in the documentary Crumb. She has also been featured in the PBS documentaries, Digital Divide and Searching for Asian America.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Orenstein is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

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