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(August 03, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
Hollywood is not known for providing a wealth of positive female role models. Danica McKellar, the actress that played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years and Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing, has written a math book for teenage girls. 'Math Doesn't Suck' is done in the style of a teen magazine.

Each chapter includes clear explanations that make manipulating numbers sound easy. "A reciprocal of a fraction is found by flipping it upside down. If you want the reciprocal of a mixed number or a whole number, just convert it to an improper fraction, and then flip it!" or "Going back and forth between percents and decimals is very easy. All you need to do is take away the % sign, then move the decimal point two places -- that's it!"

The book includes horoscopes, testimonials, cute doodles and quotes from girls. Word problems are brought to life with descriptions of lipstick, beads, cookies and similarly girly examples that might make the feminist in some women cringe. In the interview below, McKellar explains why being a math whiz and a girly girl are not mutually exclusive. Wired News spoke to her by phone from her home in Los Angeles.

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nekomimi92

21/Female
Tampa, FL
Posted On: January 5, 2008
im bi/lez and dont care for feminine in anything, but i guess it'll work out for most straight chick, heh its kinda like it personalized.
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hi28

63/Female
Kansas City, KS
Posted On: November 14, 2007
mkay i hate math in the first place so i dont know and its a good idea cause alot of the nath book s always have mistakes and yeah
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FunkyDella

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 31, 2007
hiya all i don't like abuse even though i do it my self

i like telling the truth and i am sorry if i abused you!
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 15, 2007
NICE ARTICLE,BUT I REALLY DONT NEED ANOTHER MATH BOOK,I MEAN,WE ALREADY GET STUPID A..Z..Z MATHBOOKS 4 SCHOOL.
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tell_the_truth

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: August 6, 2007
its a gud idea but kinda stupid cause i'm 13 and i already learnt this stuff wen i was like 11 or 12
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its_skiz_not_s

19/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 5, 2007
Intriguing.
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PheonixDragonf

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: August 5, 2007
Sounds very interesting.
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 5, 2007
I'm sure it will help a lot of people out there. I'm pretty good with Maths but then again, I hate them.

But good for her. I think she'll do great with this idea.

Oh, and one more thing. Where is the interview?

xXxLilyxXx
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nixy_noodles

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 5, 2007
Thats A Cute, But Kinda Weird Idea.

- Nixy
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jenni123435

22/Female
Lacey, WA
Posted On: August 4, 2007
That is just retarded.
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: August 4, 2007
Not to be harsh, but I really don't think this would work.

Those explanations don't sound at all like the ones in my math book. And this might cause problems if those girls will get a math related job.

But then again, I'm a a dork. So I'm probabaly just standing up for the good old fashion boring books. =]

_#Izzy#_
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: August 3, 2007
ok? why would i care
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Crayonkiller_x

20/Male
Virgin Islands (British)
Posted On: August 3, 2007
Mmk....Kind of pointless to me.
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 3, 2007
that's so great! the amount of math/science related jobs is going to increase dramatically in the next few years, and employers are trying to find more women for these jobs because they tend to have more concentration or whatever, and doing books like that is just the way to get girls interested!
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