We know everyone remembers the popular Emmy award winning family series The Wonder Years from the 80’s and 90’s. One of the young and talented teen actresses of the show Danica McKellar, who played Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper – girlfriend of Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage), and recent New York Times Best Selling Author of books including Math Doesn’t Suck, is now speaking out against bullying with teen girls. Danica will be joining other major women in film & television who are sharing their personal stories concerning bullying and its effect on self-esteem. She will also share her short story in the next volume of the Saving Our Daughters book series tenative slated for release next winter.

“I remember the pain of being teased at school. Years later I can barely recall the names of those girls who used to make me feel like an outcast, those girls I so desperately wanted to like me. It’s funny how your perspective changes! I wish someone could have convinced me of the truth back then: That the only girl at school whose total acceptance I really needed was my own.

Try not to care so much what other girls think of you. Instead, earn your own self-respect by being the kind of person YOU admire.  And this is important: Be your own best friend! If you had a friend who was going through what you’re going through, what would you tell her? Would you tell her she’s awesome and those other girls are jerks? Would you tell her she deserves to go get help and that she shouldn’t have to suffer in silence?

Make sure the voice inside your own head is caring and supportive. No matter what is going on in your life, you can get through it as long as you have YOU on your side. And sometimes that means getting outside help when you need it. I believe in you!

~Danica McKellar – Actress and bestselling author of “Math Doesn’t Suck” and “Kiss My Math”

Photo Credit – Jonathan Russo

Danica McKellar, best known as “Winnie Cooper” on The Wonder Years and “Elsie Snuffin” on The West Wing, is now a three-time New York Times bestselling author with her groundbreaking books, Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math and Hot X: Algebra Exposed.

Tackling math education and simultaneously breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd,” Danica was named “Person of the Week” by ABC World News with Charles Gibson at her debut as the author of these highly entertaining and illuminating math books. In the context of fun topics like popularity and jewelry-making as well as stories from her own life, Danica shows girls and
their parents how to master many of the tough math concepts that are introduced in middle school and high school – the time when young girls begin to shy away from math. And Danica’s message to girls?  Smart is sexy!

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Danica concurrently earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics while participating in original research – she co-authored a paper in the field of statistical mechanics titled, “Percolation and Gibbs States Multiplicity for Ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller Models on Z2,” which she presented at the 87th biannual Statistical Mechanics conference at Rutgers University. Her theorem has since been dubbed, “The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem,” was published in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics, and has been featured on the front page of the Science section of The New York Times.

In addition to continuing her acting career with such roles as a recurring spot on CBS’s hit show How I Met Your Mother and a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, Danica voices the regular role of “Miss Martian” on Cartoon Network’s Young Justice which debuted late November 2010. She also recurs as a voice on Generator Rex, with reunites her with Wonder Years co-star Fred Savage.

Danica often appears around the country as a speaker on mathematics education, a trend started in 2000 when Danica was invited to speak to a subcommittee of Congress on the importance of women in math and science. And for the last few years, Danica has served as a spokesperson for St.Jude Research Hospital’s Math-a-thon program which raises millions of dollars every month both for cancer research and to provide free care to young cancer patients.

For updates, visit Danica on Facebook: facebook.com/danicamckellar