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Peggy Orenstein - Biography

Peggy Orenstein (born November, 1961 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the author of the New York Times best-selling 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).

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 The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue Magazine, Elle Magazine, Discover Magazine, More, Mother Jones Magazine, Salon.com, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Ms. Orenstein earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1983. She began her career in New York City, as an Associate Editor at Esquire Magazine. She subsequently served as Senior Editor at Manhattan, inc. magazine and founding Senior Editor of 7 Days New York before moving to San Francisco to become Managing Editor of Mother Jones. She left that post to write full time in 1991.

Orenstein lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki and their daughter, Daisy Tomoko (July 23, 2003).

"Waiting for Daisy" was "a 2007 Kirkus Best Book, a New York Times Best Seller, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer Top 10 Book of 2007 and the winner of the Books For a Better Life Award." "Orenstein was recognized for her “Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity,” by the Council on Contemporary Families and has been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council."

Her most recent work, "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" examines the effect of the 'girlie-girl' culture on young girls.



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