A groundbreaking investigation into the dark secret of female bonds: rivalry.

Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women help one another, are supportive of one another, and want each other to succeed. Based on interviews with women across a broad social spectrum, she has discovered that the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert.

She tells us:

  • Why women can’t and won’t admit to rivalry.
  • How women are trained from an early age to compete with one another.
  • In which areas women most heatedly compete.
  • How rivalry is different among women than among men.
  • The differences between competition, envy, and jealousy.
  • When competition is healthy and when it isn’t.
  • Why women find it irresistible to “trip the prom queen.”
  • Useful strategies to stop the competition and forge a new kind of relationship with other women.

Whether you’ve tripped the prom queen or been tripped yourself, you will discover an engrossing exploration of this female phenomenon, as well as a beacon of hope for better, more fulfilling relationships.