Speaking Engagements

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“This book is blowing my mind!  I can’t stop thinking about it, I can’t stop talking about it.”

–Mother, East Hampton


Speaking at the United Nations

Joyce addresses American girls’ experience on this UN panel on girls’ puberty and confidence with representatives of WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Video Footage is 1:41 to 1:46:43


Washington University

“McFadden’s pitch for more open discussion of sexuality has made Your Daughter’s Bedroom a favorite assignment of students at the Brown School taking sexuality courses. They share it with their mothers in hopes of jumpstarting a longed for dialogue about sex.  Several students have lost their books to mothers equally fascinated to query why the silence seems so natural and wanting to take the opportunity to make up for lost time.”–Susan Stiritz, PhD, Professor of Sexual Studies, Washington University.

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The Spence School in Manhattan

“Thanks for your amazing work last week.  The classes loved it!  I just had both classes again and their feedback was so positive.  In fact, one 10th grader told me how she could not stop thinking about the discussion, and another shared that her mother has now ordered the book and will continue talking to her about it.  One student shared how she went home and told her mother she would like to spend more time talking to her about this.  WOW!  Thank you.” –Guido Sanchez, MPH, Head of Health Education Department, K-12, The Spence School.


Joyce is available to speak professionally in the New York metropolitan area, and on certain occasions will travel outside this area. Venues include associations and organizations, mothers’ groups, pediatric and ob/gyn practices, schools, colleges, and conferences.

Talks begin with a description of how the women in her study chose the subject of her book. She then explains of how the absence of an ongoing, age-appropriate sexual dialogue between mothers and daughters–from toddlerhood through adulthood–interrupts the healthy development of their daughters’ self worth, creates distance in the mother- daughter relationship, and causes daughters to lose faith in their mothers. Throughout, she offers prescriptions for how mothers can make simple changes to instill genuine confidence in their daughters, and to nurture a lifelong closeness in the mother-daughter bond.

If you would like to book Joyce to speak at your next event, please click here to contact her.