Mythological Girls: Tara

Tara is a world-renowned deity, who predominantly features as a female Buddha in many strains of Buddhism, particularly Tibetan or the ‘Mahayana Tradition’ as it is also known. However, she is also included as one of the Mahavidyas, or the ’10 Divine Mothers’ in Hinduism and an independent deity in India. Tara embodies motherhood, compassion, and wisdom in all pantheons. The Buddhist text Praises to the 21 Taras is one of the most important sources on Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. This hints towards her inception as the female counterpart of Avalokiteshvara, an early bodhisattva or ‘pre-Buddha’....

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Girlhood Heroine: Audrey Hepburn

  The first time I saw Audrey Hepburn on screen I was sitting on the living room floor of my childhood home watching TV. Flipping through the channels in boredom, I paused on the opening of the movie Charade. Watching the film, I fell in love with Audrey’s elegant style, and playful nature. From that time, I watched every one of her movies I could find, including hits like Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, said “she lived her life believing in simplicity.” Her love of simplicity showed in her iconic...

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Teen Dramas: The Girls of Rosewood, Part 1

Pretty Little Liars is based on the series of books by Sara Shepard and debuted in 2010. It centres around four teenage friends who are brought back together when the remains of their missing friend are found. The series follows them as they try to solve the mystery of who killed her, all while dealing with the mysterious ‘A’ that torments them throughout the series. The series ran for seven years and the character profiles contain spoilers. Alison DiLaurentis Alison is the teenage girl who is missing and found dead at the end of the first episode. She was the queen bee in school that...

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Girlhood Heroine: Mary Hooper

Ever since I can remember, I’ve spent countless hours in the library. Reading has always been one of my biggest passions. My girlhood was defined by reading and the countless worlds I could enter, by reading a book. As a lover of history, historical fiction has always been my favourite genre. Here’s where Mary Hooper entered my life and became one of my heroines. Hooper is an author of over seventy books for children and young adults. My favourite books include The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose and At The Sign of the Sugared Plum. She opened my eyes to the historical...

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Mythological Girls: Cailleach

Cailleach is a creator and weather deity in Gaelic mythology, portrayed as a hag or older woman. The word ‘Cailleach’ means hag or veiled in Scottish Gaelic. She’s also known as Beira, the deity of the winter in Scottish mythology. The 20th century text Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend by folklorist Donald Mackenzie, describes her origin as a creator deity. The mountains and hills of Scotland were believed to have been formed while she was walking across her land, and accidentally dropped rocks onto the ground. Other stories show Cailleach placing these rocks intentionally to use...

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New Year, New Senior Staff

A new year often brings change: for many, new resolutions or re-commiting to past pledges come with the start of a new year. Here at Girl Museum, as we’re entering our 9th year (!), we realized the need to add to our senior staff. As we continue our resolution to provide girls a space that documents, preserves, and presents their history and culture, we realized the need to grow. So for 2018, we committed to expand our senior staff. Girl Museum continues to be run by volunteers, and the Junior Girl intern program is integral to what we do. But with our continued ambitious program of...

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Mythological Girls: Hel

In Norse mythology, Hel, which means ‘hidden’ in Old Norse, is a being who presides over a realm with the same name. This realm receives a portion of the dead, with the phrase ‘to go to Hel’ meaning to die. Hel is both a giantess and a goddess, and like many others, is featured in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. The Poetic Edda was made up of early, unclaimed Nordic stories, whereas the Prose Edda was written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. More information on both texts can be found here. Hel is also featured in the earlier 9th century text Heimskringla and the 10th century...

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2018: Fierce Girls Ahead

  We are a museum. Our job is to look backwards and forwards at the same time. Guiding viewers to a place of knowledge and understanding is what we do. It is a tricky time for such tasks. In a time when 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year, our job is made that much harder. How can you learn from the past if you don’t know about it? We know that girls have always been there, taking a stand for what is right. And they continued to do so, throughout the constant barrage of injustices during 2017. Yet in spite of many people’s best efforts, there were ‘good’ things that happened last...

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Happy Holidays from Girl Museum

Once again, the year is rapidly drawing to a close, and it’s a time of holiday celebration for many of us. Though many things have been dreary about the past 12 months, December is a time for reflection, peace, and very soon, a renewal of both the calendar and our hopes for the coming year. May you all have a joyous season, whatever your beliefs, and to paraphrase Desmond Tutu, every little bit of good can overwhelm the world. -Katie Weidmann Editor-in-Chief Girl Museum...

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The Love Advent Calendar – how empowering is it?

The issue of female empowerment has seemingly never been more prevalent. With the Harvey Weinstein accusations that began in October, snowballing into the #MeToo campaign and the naming and shaming of numerous high profile politicians, TV anchors and directors, the cause of gender equality is one of the most important in current debate. And this is why the 2017 LOVE Advent Calendar is a smack in the face to the headway made this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the calendar, it features a number of models (majority white, majority skinny) who pose in their underwear in a series of...

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Super Girls! Gwen Stacy

Name: Gwendolyne Maxine Stacy Powers: None (just a super-smart human) First Appears In: The Amazing Spider-Man #31 (1965) Quote: It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days where you feel all alone, and that’s when hope is needed most. No matter how buried it gets, or how lost you feel, you must promise me that you will hold on to hope. Keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope; people need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live? As...

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Super Girls! Kim Possible

Name: Kimberly Ann Possible Powers: None – but does have countless awesome gadgets Appears in: Kim Possible, A Sitch In Time, So The Drama Quotes: Kim: You do me proud Ron Stoppable, by just being you. Kim: [after listening to Drakken’s speech on her weakness of being a teen] You’re right, Drakken. Boys, dating, oh, it’s hard. But this is easy. [punches Drakken in the face] Kim: Save the world. It’s what I do and nobody’s going to stop me. I can’t lie – Kim Possible was one of my all time, hands down favorite TV shows when I was a kid. I rewatched it the...

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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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