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Good Girls Marry Doctors: Brave Voices On Daughterhood In South Asian American Families

Book cover. Illustration of a brown woman wearing orange saree, and gold jewellery on forhead, nose, ear, and upper arm, with her hands crossed. On top is written in white and bold "Good girls marry doctors". Under it in smaller font are written subtitle and editor's name.

To all the American daughters of South Asian immigrants: Have you ever felt that you just can’t be a Good Girl? Your parents and South Asian community have likely tried drilling in you that Good Girls follow the path of academic excellence, a well-paying job (doctor, lawyer, or engineer), marriage to a well-paid Desi man (preferably a doctor), and then a happy house with kids. Obedience to parents, no dating (at least not while a student), and virginity until marriage are absolutes.