The Rise of Girls’ Soccer in Spain

In a world dealing with various political, religious and social crises that negatively impact girls, this story was a breath of fresh air. A girls’ soccer team in northeastern Spain has emerged victorious after coming in first in a junior regional league. The team beat 13 boys’ teams to become first in the Lleida league; they have been playing against the boys’ teams since 2014. Unlike other countries, women’s soccer in Spain does not enjoy the same recognition and respect as their male counterparts. Coaches for the team say that the girls have struggled with negative reactions from the...

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Girls of TED Talks: Suzanne Barakat wants to end hate

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother, sister, and sister-in-law were murdered by their neighbors in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The story made national headlines, and it was eventually released that the murders had been motivated solely by Islamophobia. The neighbor stated that he killed them over a traffic dispute, but Suzanne knew better. Speaking at a press conference, she...

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International Museum Day 2017: Saying the unspeakable

Every year since 1977, May 18th has been organized as International Museum Day. This year’s theme is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.” So what’s unspeakable? Discussing the impact on women of the male gaze in art. Discussing repatriation of cultural objects. Creating exhibitions that make people uncomfortable: the Holocaust. Human trafficking. Refugees. By it’s very nature, Girl Museum says the unspeakable. Girls exist. They always have, and they’ve always been a part of culture: creating, participating, consuming. And...

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Political Powerhouses: Park Geun-Hye

Park Geun-Hye was the first woman to be elected as President of South Korea. She held this position from 2013 to 2016 when a scandal led to her downfall. She is the daughter of the former President of South Korea Park Chung-Hee. She suffered great personal loss when both of her parents were assassinated within five years of each other in the 1970s. Following the death of her mother she fulfilled the role of First Lady until her father’s death in 1979. After this she decided to stay in politics. In 2004 she was named as the chairwoman of the Grand National Party (GNP). In this role she...

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Sofonisba’s Self-Portrait

  When you think of Renaissance painters, who do you name? Probably Raphael, Michelangelo, da Vinci…all men. Yet women were a huge part of the Renaissance – and traditional art history has yet to do them justice. During the Renaissance, art was a social necessity. It helped to guide a largely illiterate population with spiritual guidance and new ideas. One of the painters who used art to educate was Sofonisba Anguissola – a woman. Sofonisba was born in Cremona, Italy, in 1532. Her father was a minor noble, and encouraged her to develop her talents in the arts....

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Child Brides in Latin America: A troubling trend

Progress in education and societal norms have done much to slow the rate of child marriage worldwide. However, it is still a pressing issue faced by many in the developing world. New research shows a troubling trend in Latin America, where child marriage is increasing rather than declining. Mexico has the eighth highest number of child marriages, according to a 2017 report from Girls Not Brides. One in four girls in Mexico will enter some type of union before the age of 18, but the rate is more than 30 percent in some states. In some areas of the country, early marriages are common and still...

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