Girls in Podcasts: At Home With…

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. New from bloggers Lily Pebbles & Anna Newton is the At Home With… podcast. Lily and Anna have interviewed inspirational women like Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour, to YouTuber and author Zoe Sugg. What makes this podcast different, however, is that they interview from the person’s home. At Home With… gives an insight to the women’s lives in a way that a...

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Super Girls! Violet from The Incredibles

  Name: Violet Parr Appears in: The Incredibles Occupation: Schoolgirl Powers: force-fields, turning invisible Quote: “I feel different. Is different okay?”   The Incredibles is one of my favourite Pixar movies. It’s funny, it’s creative, it’s original – and Edna Mode is maybe one of the best characters ever made. Of all the characters’ powers however, I was always most envious of Violet. It was only pointed out to me recently that her capabilities (creating force fields and turning invisible) mirror her own introverted personality from the film’s beginning. I’m not...

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Behind the Scenes at Girl Museum: Ashley Remer

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum you know and love? Well look no further, because our team at Girl Museum have kindly offered to give us an insight into their lives and what they do to make the Girl Museum world go around… So let’s start at the very beginning with the one and only Ashley E. Remer, our Head Hirl and Founder of Girl Museum…   Where did the idea for Girl Museum come from? Has Girl Museum become what you first intended or has it evolved from the original vision? Having always been a feminist and an...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Yemen Crisis Impacts Millions of Girls

The conflict in Yemen has been ongoing since March 2015, affecting millions of women and girls. A March 2017 BBC report cited that more than 7,600 people have been killed and 42,000 injured in the last two years. The conflict and a blockade imposed by a Saudi-led multi-national coalition has led to 70 percent of the population needing some form of humanitarian aid. The unrest stems back to a rocky 2011 political transition following an uprising. During the uprising, the balance of power shifted from longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his deputy, Mr. Hadi. In 2014, Houthi rebels...

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Mythological Girls: Bachué

Bachué is the mother goddess and master of the Muisca or Chibcha culture, an ancient Colombian civilisation. They were native to the area now known as Bogotá, and gained fame as the origin of the El Dorado legend. Bachué was believed to have emerged from the waters of the Iguaque Lake surrounded by light, holding a three-year-old baby in her arms. They walked to the plains surrounding the lake and built a hut, which was then considered to be the first Chibcha dwelling. Following this, her centre of worship became a temple in the San Pedro de Iguaque area. In the years that followed, her baby...

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Review: Moana – Why Disney’s Latest Princess is Making Waves

“Make way! Make way!” There’s a new Disney Princess in town! Moana is the story of an adventurous young woman of the same name. The daughter of the village chief, she is torn between her love for her village and her desire to sail across the sea. When the life of her island and her people are threatened, Moana is chosen by the ocean to embark on a journey to stop a powerful darkness brought on centuries before when the demigod Maui stole the legendary, life-creating heart of the Mother Island. Together, Moana and Maui embark on an epic adventure to restore the Heart of Te Fiti, battling...

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Think Global: The Journey Begins

As I wait in Gaborone, Botswana for the new school year to begin, I face the same doubts and fears that anyone does before their first day at a new high school. The only difference is I’m also worried about whether or not I’m going to get eaten by a lion before I manage to graduate. This year I’m starting my first semester at Think Global School, a traveling high school that takes students around the world as they learn math, humanities, and all that other high school stuff. Basing itself in four countries a year, the school currently consists of thirty 10th and 11th...

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Musical Gals: Changing perceptions on women and music

After exploring the life of Clara Schumann, it seems appropriate to take a break, and consider for a moment how perceptions of women in music have changed throughout the ages. One nineteenth century contemporary stated that women “rarely attempt the more mature forms because such works assume a certain abstract strength that is overwhelmingly given to men.” Putting my disgust at the comment aside for a moment, it made me dig deeper, and think about how far society has come. Women were rarely seen within the music composition industry until more recently. In the 1100s, the only music composed...

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How To Survive Your Twenties with Daisy Buchanan, Emily Morris, Lucy Vine & Lauren Berry

A couple of weeks ago I headed to the stunning Gower Street Waterstones in central London, to attend the How To Survive Your Twenties talk, hosted by Daisy Buchanan, Emily Morris, Lucy Vine, and Lauren Berry. The panel discussed everything from FOMO (fear of missing out), dealing with the unexpected, relationships and friendships – all from a female point of view. This special event, surrounded by the incredible books written by the panel members, brought up the issues girls face when navigating the difficult decades of your teen and twenties years. The event started with an introduction...

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Girls in Podcasts: CTRL ALT Delete

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. CTRL ALT Delete is the brainchild of Emma Gannon, a blogger, journalist, and author (her memoir is also called CTRL ALT Delete). Girl Lost In The City, the original name of Emma’s blog, is a blog I’ve read for years. Emma is an amazing writer. The blog is honest, open, balanced, reflective and wholesomely relatable. I had very high hopes a podcast would be more of the...

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The BBC Gender Pay Gap: A shocking revelation for a modern age

You may (or may not) have been keeping a watchful eye on the BBC after the organisation published the salaries of its top talent. What we saw revealed a shocking gender pay gap. The figures exposed a huge disparity between the wages of women and men within the organisation. Only a third of the highest earners were female, the rest were male. The announcement on the 19th July 2017 comes at a time when pay equality makes the headlines on a regular occasion. We have recently seen headlines telling us that Financial Times journalists are threatening to strike over the 13% pay gap at the...

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Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Epitomizes Girl Power

For those unfamiliar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an American television series that followed Buffy Summers, the most recent young woman known as “The Slayer”. The series received critical and popular acclaim, often being considered one of the greatest shows of all time. Most importantly, it was a show that promoted female strength and power. To this day, Buffy is a symbol of female empowerment. It wasn’t just Buffy’s physical strength that inspired many young women, it was the fact that she was a complex character who went against most stereotypes of “damsels...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Thousands of Girls Impacted by the Fate of DACA

Imagine growing up in an American neighborhood, going to school, getting involved in youth sports and other activities. Then trying to get a job or apply to college and finding out you are undocumented, even though you feel as American as your next-door neighbor. Many girls and young women in the United States today face this situation, and the U.S. needs to do more to help them. Immigrant rights have been a hot button issue in the United States for decades. Immigrants and immigration reform has become even more pressing under the current administration. The administration is seemingly torn...

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Mythological Girls: Minerva

Minerva was the Roman deity of wisdom and warfare, as well as a patron of the arts. A prophecy was told to Jupiter that his relationship with the Titaness Metis would bear a child powerful enough to overthrow him. In response, Jupiter swallowed her to neutralise the threat. However, Metis was already pregnant with Minerva and set about crafting armour for her daughter. This forging gave Jupiter a headache and he persuaded Vulcan, the god of metallurgy to split his head open with a hammer. As a result, Minerva emerged from the cleft bearing the armour and weapons of her mother. Minerva was...

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Political Powerhouses: Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune is known for many things: her activism, her philanthropy and her work as an educator and civil rights activist. However, she was also a political activist. Mary was born in South Carolina, the daughter of two former slaves. After completing her education she planned on becoming a missionary in Africa before deciding to become a teacher instead. In 1917 she became the President of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). In 1924 she became the national president of the NACW, and went on to establish national headquarters in Washington D.C.,...

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Why I Game: Madison

I never considered myself a gamer. To me, gamers were boys that spent their lives behind first person shooters, who devoted their time to the perfect car heist, or went on adventures with Link and Zelda. I didn’t fit the criteria that made a gamer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be: I loved to read books, geek out over movies, I wore dresses, and it took me a year to learn what people meant when they were “playing COD”. But really, I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I became a gamer girl without even realizing it when I turned seven because of two discoveries: Kingdom...

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Musical Gals: Clara Schumann (Part 2)

Music Period: Romantic era (1830 – 1900) Location: Leipzig, Germany Claim to Fame: One of the foremost pianists and greatest performers of the nineteenth century. With audiences in raptures over her music, Clara toured extensively towards the end of the decade. She produced many new works for her programmes and several published works appeared in 1833. These included Romance variée, which she dedicated to Robert Schumann – a young student now living with the Wieck family. All her performances received thunderous applause and Clara would boast that she beat her record of thirteen...

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day today!

Every August 26, the United States observes Women’s Equality Day. The day commemorates the anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote on a national level. The 1920 certification was the result of a decades-long civil rights movement that began in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls. 2017 marks 97 years since ratification of the 19th Amendment. Representative Bella Abzug introduced Congressional legislation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Every U.S. president since 1972 has issued a proclamation in support and...

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Girls in Podcasts: At The Heart Of It

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. Estée Lalonde begins her pilot podcast episode talking about her experience of going to an anti-abortion protest at as a young girl, on the side of ‘pro-life.’ She talks about the excitement of being at a protest, but the feeling of being on the wrong side. Fast-forward a number of years, Estée is protesting at the Women’s March in London and interviewing Nina Donovan...

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Political Powerhouses: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

As someone who views American politics from afar, I have some major preconceived notions about Democrats and Republicans. To me, these two parties are the complete opposite of each other, and for the most part I thought all Democrats and all Republicans had the same beliefs and rarely stepped far from their party’s line. That’s why reading about Ileana Ros-Lehtinen such a pleasure. She was born in Cuba but fled to Florida to escape the Castro regime when she was a child. She began her career as an educator before entering politics. In 1989 she made history when she became the first...

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Famous Female Outlaws: Angela Davis

Angela Davis is an activist, scholar, writer, and retired professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, in the Department of Consciousness. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1944, and as a young African-American women she experienced racial prejudice and discrimination. These early experiences shaped her future, as she began joining organisations aimed at fighting this. As a teenager, she organised interracial study sessions which were broken up by the police. She went to Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she studied Philosophy and French, spending a year in France on...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Small steps of progress for women and girls worldwide

For this week’s column, I was debating writing about a few different topics that impact girls. It’s been a rough political week, both in the United States and worldwide, and I decided to do something different. I’ll be back to my regular formatted column next time. Instead, this week’s column is a round up of three stories of varying significance that I’ve been following lately. All of the stories, I hope, are going to positively affect the lives of girls and allow them to reach their full potential. The first story I’ve been following is news from out of El Salvador. I previously...

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Dream Big, Princess!

Disney’s social media photo campaign, #DreamBigPrincess, was initially launched in 2016 as a global campaign to encourage kids everywhere to dream big. Working with 19 female photographers from around the world, they’ve created a series of empowering images of real-life girls and women. Disney is now using that campaign to donate up to $1 million (US) to Girl Up, an organization close to the hearts of everyone at Girl Museum. For every share of one of the amazing photographs from the campaign that’s tagged with #DreamBigPrincess, Disney Worldwide Services will donate $1 to...

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Mythological Girls: Guabancex

Guabancex is the supreme storm deity of the ancient Taino people. They were located across Florida and much of the Carribbean on islands such as Puerto Rico. She is also known as the ‘Lady of the Winds’ and was believed to be responsible for the onset of all violent storms. This also includes all natural disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanoes in the region. Guabancex was commonly depicted with an angry face in the centre of the image, with her arms flailing on either side in a S shape. She wasn’t believed to be a malevolent deity, rather a manifestation of the supreme goddess Atabey....

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Political Powerhouses: Kamala Harris

The past week has been an incredibly tumultuous one in the United States. How many times this year have we said that? Following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer social media erupted with condemnation of both those in attendance and the response of the President. One prominent politician who made her voice heard was Kamala Harris. The Democratic Senator from California took to her Facebook page to write a powerful post about the tragic events. ‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side about what happened in...

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