Musical Gals: Florence Price

Music Period: 20th Century and beyond Location: America Claim to Fame: Having her Symphony in E minor performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an all-male orchestra. Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to an African-American middle class family in 1887. She grew up in a household that cherished classical music, art and literature. As a result, the family believed them to be a normal part of growing up. Florence’s mother, who had been a schoolteacher before her marriage, introduced her to music and gave Florence her first piano lessons. This led Florence to give her first...

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Super Girls! Supergirl

Name: Kara Zor-El Alias: Supergirl Powers: Super strength, flight, invulnerability, super speed, heat vision, freeze breath, X-ray vision, superhuman hearing, healing Appears in: DC comic series Supergirl, Action Comics, Superman/Batman Adventure Comics, The Superman Family, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and CW’s television series Supergirl Quotes: Hank Henshaw: I see you share your cousin’s appetite for wanton destruction, Miss Danvers. Supergirl: You know, I am starting to answer to Supergirl. Alex Danvers: Hey, you’ve been dodging missiles and pushing your endurance...

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Behind the Scenes with Girl Museum: Chloe Turner

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that 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… Today’s interview is with our recently appointed Volunteer and Instagram manager – Chloe Turner! Congrats on the new role! How did you get involved with Girl Museum? I joined Girl Museum in August of 2015, terrifyingly two years ago – time flies! I had not long started my Museum Studies MA with the...

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Musical Gals: Rebecca Clarke

Music Period: Romantic – 20th Century Location: UK & USA Claim to Fame: First female student of Charles Stanford, and the first woman to be employed by a fully professional ensemble. Rebecca Clarke was born in 1886 to a couple living in Harrow near London. Whilst growing up, her father encouraged all his family to learn to play instruments, and was himself an amateur cellist. He was particularly interested in his family learning those instruments that would enable them to play string quartets together. As a result of his enthusiasm, Rachel learnt to play the violin from the age of 8....

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Super Girls! Hit-Girl

Name: Hit Girl Occupation: Superhero/schoolgirl Appears in: Marvel comic series Kick-Ass, films Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2, Hit-Girl comic series 2008 – 2013 Powers/abilities: hand to hand combat, martial arts training Quotes: “Robin wishes he was me.” “Don’t worry about me. I can kill a man with his own finger.” “I can’t see through walls. But I can kick your ass.”   The world of Kick-Ass is loved partially for its incredibly self-conscious inversion of the superhero genre. The central character, Dave, is a virtually incompetent but optimistic guy who spends the majority of his time...

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Behind the Scenes at Girl Museum: Hillary Hanel

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that 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… Behind the scenes with the Girls of Girl Museum continues with our Education Advisor Hillary Hanel! How did you first get involved with Girl Museum? As I was finishing my last year of my bachelors degree I wanted to get more experience in museums. I was going to school full time and working two...

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Mythological Girls: Ostara

Ostara, also known as Ēostre, is a Germanic dawn goddess who is widely believed to be the namesake of the Easter festival. She is solely attested as Ēostre in The Reckoning of Time by Bede in the 8th century CE, where it is stated that the month of Ēosturmōnaþ held festivals in her honour. Ēosturmōnaþ is the pagan Anglo-Saxon equivalent of the Easter celebration. These festivals were held throughout April and celebrated fertility and the renewal of life. She is always depicted as a young maiden: old enough to physically bear children but not a mother. Bede continued to say that the tradition...

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Musical Gals: Alma Mahler

Music Period: Romantic, 1930 – 1900 Location: Vienna Claim to Fame: Composing Lieder earlier in her life and becoming a musical inspiration for Mahler in his final years. Few realise that Alma Mahler was a composer. However, she was composing in an artistic world dominated by men where the thought of a woman composing music was ludicrous. Alma married three famous men: composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and German author Franz Werfel. All stifled her artistically, and instead, Alma had to settle for life as a high-class socialite. Alma was born in 1879 to painter Emil...

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Super Girls! The Powerpuff Girls

Members: Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles, collectively known as the Powerpuff Girls Powers: Super strength, super speed, flight, X-ray/laser vision, Supersonic screams, virtually indestructible Quotes: Buttercup: “I’m a mess, I need to change, and I don’t even know where to start.” Blossom: “I guess we shouldn’t judge people by what they look like.” Professor Utonium: “Unfortunately, people often get scared or angry when they don’t understand something special and unique.”   The Powerpuff Girls are maybe the quintessential empowering superheroes for young...

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Behind the Scenes at Girl Museum: Katie Weidmann

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that you know and love? Well look no further, because the lovely ladies at Girl Museum have kindly agreed to be interviewed by yours truly. So let’s find out what makes the Girl Museum world go around… Next on our list of Girl Museum superstars is none other than our Social Media Manager Katie Weidmann! We caught up with Katie to learn a little more about her Girl Museum journey… How did you get involved with Girl Museum? What was it that drew you to the organisation? In late 2009 I was...

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Mythological Girls: Pachamama

Pachamama is an Incan fertility goddess who is still worshipped by several indigenous tribes in the Andes. She’s also known as ‘Mother Nature’, ‘Earth Mother’ and ‘Time Mother’ and is seen with a primordial feminine image. In Incan mythology, she was a dragon deity, who presided over the harvests. She lived in the mountains and personified the earth alongside her husband Inti, the sun god. Pachamama is still believed to be a present force by some, who can cause earthquakes if she is displeased. Originally her priests would have sacrificed llamas and guinea pigs to appease her, as well as...

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Belle: Why “Funny” Girls Go Far

I didn’t have many friends growing up. I went to a small school in Connecticut where if one person didn’t like you, the other 30 kids didn’t either: they either ignored my existence entirely or picked on me for being different than them. My classmates would rave about Green Day, and I’d geek out over books and movies. The girls were all skinny and shopped at Hollister, and I was heavy and wore nothing but dresses. I was weird, obsessive, and quiet. Belle showed me they were wrong. In Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Belle was an outcast. With a passion for books and a wanderlust that pulled...

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl: Support Girl Museum

The earth is home to 1.1 billion girls. They form a generation of young women who will soon begin to take over and shape the future, acting as an integral force within their communities and the wider world. However, the importance of these girls is often overlooked, their value undermined, and they face unique and often daily challenges based purely on their sex. These challenges take form in the home, schools, and workplace – and they are challenges that threaten their mental, emotional, and often physical well being. It’s high time that girls are made a global priority, that their rights...

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Musical Gals: Amy Beach

Music Period: Romantic Location: New Hampshire, USA Claim to Fame: one of the few women to have found a place in mainstream histories of music. Amy Beach (neé Cheney) was an entirely self-taught composer born in New Hampshire in 1867. This incredible woman played music mainly by ear, and was composing short pieces of music by the age of four. Any’s mother encouraged her daughter to grow by giving her piano lessons three times a week. In 1875, at the age of seven, Amy made her first appearance in public performing one of her own pieces at a church concert. It was the first concerts of many...

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Girls in Podcasts: Dear Sugars

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. I have never considered myself a fan of agony aunts. I’ve never read one in a newspaper, and I haven’t read one in a magazine for at least a decade.  Self-described as ‘radically empathic advice,’ Dear Sugars changed that. One of my favourite episodes, “Letters From Teenagers,” was recently revisited, and brings together what it means to be a teenage girl....

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Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

When you think of celebrating World Teachers’ Day, what teachers come to mind? Maybe a teacher from your younger years who knew all of the best songs and games to help you learn. Or a really great science teacher who guided you through hands-on labs. Perhaps a college professor who gave the best lectures about the Russian Revolution. For me, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about one of my teachers and their collective impact on my life. I think that they deserve to be celebrated everyday, but there is a special day just for teachers to be recognized for all of their hard...

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Behind the Scenes at Girl Museum: Tiffany Rhoades

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that 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… Next on our list it’s the formidable Tiffany Rhoades who has been our Program Developer for the past 4 years…   How did you first get involved with Girl Museum? What was it that made you want to be a part of Girl Museum? I got involved kind of on accident. I was in graduate school,...

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Mythological Girls: Julunggul, the Rainbow Serpent

Julunggul is one of the many Aborigine names for the ‘Rainbow Serpent’ in Australia, whose name and gender varies depending on the origin tribe. She is both a creator and fertility goddess, and represents the rains and oceans which are believed to be the bringers of life. Julunggul herself represents beauty, fertility and health, with her symbols being colourful flowers and rainbows. As the Rainbow Serpent, she is described as ‘flowing’ into her believer’s lives, in order to bring them children and the art of healing. She is embodied in the oceans and waterfalls, as well as housed in both...

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Belle: Role Model and Heroine

The character of Belle from the 1991 Disney film Beauty and the Beast was, throughout my childhood and even today, one of my all-time favourite heroines. Disney Princesses tend to get a bad reputation, as many of the storylines can be seen as anti-feminist, where a woman needs saving and isn’t capable of much else other than singing and looking pretty. However, I always felt Belle was different. The daughter of an inventor, she is always reading, learning, and thinking. She loves to escape into a good story and ‘(wants) adventure in the great wide somewhere’. More recently, in the 2017...

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Think Global: Lessons from Botswana

Flights give me a lot of time to think, especially since I have the unfortunate gift of never being able to sleep a mile above the ground. As I left the Gaborone, Botswana airport and began the long journey back home, I settled into my unconscious mind and attempted to unravel the amazing web of new experiences, people, and ideas I had been introduced to over the last seven weeks. Sifting through riotous volleyball matches in the Okavango Delta, millions of newly learnt impala facts, and a night under nothing but the stars, one thing stood out to me, something that I felt had taught me more...

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Musical Gals: Dame Ethel Smyth

Music Period: Romantic Location: London, United Kingdom Claim to Fame: composing the “The March of the Women” theme for the suffragette movement, and fighting for the right for women to play in orchestras. Dame Ethel Smyth was born in 1858 to an upper-class family who lived just outside of London. In 1867, the family decided to move near to Aldershot in Surrey, and it was here that Ethel became interested in music. It so happened that one of her governesses had studied music at the Conservatory in Leipzig and had captivated Ethel with her piano playing. She had entranced the little girl so...

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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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