No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Providing contraception to women worldwide

In a February op-ed in National Geographic, Melinda Gates reiterated her commitment to contraceptive access for all women. In 2012, Gates co-chaired a global partnership called Family Planning 2020. The goal was to provide contraception to 120 million more women by 2020, which she called a “ambitious but achievable.” As of July 2016, the partnership has provided 24 million women with family planning services. They have 3 years left to go, but so far are not on track to reach their goal by 2020. Gates has met women from all over the world and talked about the importance of contraception in...

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Valentine’s day – just for girls?

I love Valentine’s Day. Not because I am particularly romantic, or like grand gestures of love or being showered with gifts. I love it because it’s a holiday that promotes happiness. It’s a day that encourages positive actions and emotions – what could possibly be wrong with that? The day before Valentine’s Day I received a text message from a friend announcing ‘Happy Galentine’s Day’ – something I have never come across before – and although I appreciated the sentiment it did get me wondering why there should be a separate day for Gals and their Galfriends? Love is love after all. Why...

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Mythological Girls: Nereids

The Nereids were a collection of fifty sea nymphs who were the daughters of Doris and Nereus, the old man of the sea. They originated in Greek mythology, however migrated to later Roman mythology like most Greek figures. The Nereids were seen as the protectors of sailors and fisherman, who would come to the aid of those in distress in the water. They appear in the Argonautica as helping the Argonauts through their search for the Golden Fleece. Each nymph was said to have represented a different aspect of the ocean. These aspects include the sea foam, the sand and the waves. All fifty nymphs...

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Political Powerhouses: Theresa May

2016 was a tumultuous year for politics internationally. In Great Britain they had to deal with the aftermath of the EU Referendum. One major issue they had to deal with was the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. Theresa May was chosen as his replacement, becoming the second female Prime Minister of Great Britain. After studying geography at St. Hugh’s College she spent the next two decades working in the financial industry. She didn’t enter the political world until the 1990s, suffering defeats in the early part of the decade. In 1997 she was elected as a Conservative MP for...

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Experiences of a Music Journalist

It’s the same almost every time. Hours before the show is about to start, I’m hanging around the stage door. The tour bus has verified that the artist is just behind the wall in front of me, and I’m in good company. Sometimes it’s a couple of people, sometimes it’s a swarm. I pull out my phone, scroll through emails and screenshot them ready. With a deep breath I approach the yellow coat wearing security guy, and reel off the correct information as though I’m in an exam. Doubtful, my phone is always checked, an eye often rolled. All before I’m let in to do my job. As a music journalist, I’m...

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Playing Ephedrismos

  How long have girls played games? Some of the earliest evidence of games specifically for girls comes from Ancient Greece. This terracotta statuette features two girls, one carrying another, thought to illustrate the game of ephedrismos. In the game, a stone would be placed upright on the ground. Girls would take turns throwing balls or pebbles at the stone from a distance, though we aren’t quite sure who would “win” the game. The loser would have her eyes covered, and had to carry the winner on her back until she found and touched the stone. There were probably many variations of...

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