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It is difficult to identify a prevailing theme or idea that runs through the writing but there is a strong emphasis on a teenage search for identity and meaning in their lives and on how to assert oneself on a world that often appears hostile or alien.
In addition, the trio covered how to promote and assert oneself as a woman without seeming overly aggressive, misconceptions about women leaders, and what drives and sustains each of them as leaders.
Learning to cope with or ignore teasing, knowing when to assert oneself or just walk away, and finding ways of defusing crises without physical violence are key to the development of social skills.