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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Harriet Tubman: Abolitionist, Humanitarian, Spy

In third grade, I picked up a biography of Harriet Tubman, and ever since I’ve been fascinated by her life. In school I learned Tubman was a famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. She escaped slavery in Maryland by entering the free state of Pennsylvania. It was dangerous, but she risked her life to save herself from the perils of slavery. She could have simply enjoyed her newfound freedom, but instead she fearlessly attempted to save her friends and family. She saved hundreds of people and is said to have never lost a passenger. Though many of these stories are tales of bravery...

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School Rewards

  In the Victorian period boys were more important than girls, were taught different lessons and so achieved more. Or did they? Before camera phones, Instagram, and snapchat having your photograph taken was a big deal. You would have visited a professional photographer’s studio, worn your best clothes and stood completely still for the long minutes it took for a photograph to be taken in the 1800’s. Photographs were very expensive to have taken and so you would only have had one done for a special occasion such as a marriage, christening, or to celebrate an achievement. This photograph...

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Musical Gals: Clara Schumann (Part 1)

Music Period: Romantic era (1830 – 1900) Location: Leipzig, Germany Claim to Fame: One of the foremost pianists and greatest performers of the nineteenth century. Clara Schumann was part of what has been described as the “greatest musical love story of the nineteenth century”. The musical partnership that developed with her husband would last twenty-six years. They shared musical ideas and sometimes quoted one another in their works. Yet, Clara faced many obstacles throughout her career and constantly battled against social ideals about women. It is perhaps because of these...

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