Ladd Girl

  She seems so happy. Both of them do, actually. They look like any two schoolgirls, having a laugh in the hallway. But that’s not just any school. The young girl in this photograph was a member of the Ladd School for the Retarded in the 1980s. She was mentally handicapped in some way, though we don’t know her name or her full story. She represents a history of young girls with mental or physical disabilities whose stories go back thousands of years, yet remain silent and hidden. The first mention of intellectual disabilities dates to 1552 BCE, when the Egyptians noted that they left...

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No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Political Awareness in 2017

For my last No Time For Fear column of 2017, I decided to end on a somewhat happier note, even though we all know there are heaps of not-so-positive things happening all over the world, at this very moment, concerning girls and politics. Think of this column as a call to action, if you will. Over the last year, I’ve written implicitly and explicitly about the need to see more girls and women involved in local, state/county and national politics worldwide. For example, I’m American, and I think that until we see women make up at least 50 percent of Congress (and 25 state governorships),...

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Celebrate International Human Rights Day!

Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The day commemorates December 10, 1948, which is when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today kicks off a yearlong campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document is the most translated in the world, available in more than 500 languages. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly spelled out the inalienable rights to which all human beings are entitled to, regardless of race, color, religion, gender and so on. The U.N....

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Film Review: Matilda

I remember the first time I watched Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito; I was 9 years old. I went to a theatre in Veracruz with my parents and as soon as the movie was over and we were back home, I started to stare at things to see if I could move them. Also, I tried to wear a red ribbon around my head, but my hair wasn’t like Mara Wilson’s, the actress and writer who played Matilda and I removed it immediately (don’t worry, I’ve come to accept and love my fluffy hair). 20 years have gone by since I watched the movie for the first time. I have since watched the movie countless times, but the...

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Jane Austen through the years

When Jane Austen started writing as a teenager, it would have been impossible to perceive how enduring her books would be. Born in Steventon, Hampshire in 1775 England, Jane was one of eight children of a clergyman. During her life she spent time in Bath and lived in Chawton, Hampshire. All of Jane’s works were published anonymously, and her brother, Henry, had to help her negotiate with a publisher. Jane’s work looked at the landed gentry, observing and sometimes satirising the way that they lived. Her heroines are strong women with their own ideas and opinions. Contemporary reviewers...

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Horror Girls: Rings

Girls in Horror Movies: Rings This week I’ll be talking about the recent 2017 horror movie Rings. Rings is the latest contribution to the American ‘The Ring’ franchise that originally began way back in 2002 and is still going strong. The Ring franchise springs from the Japanese horror movie Ringu. This American adaptation paved the way for a number of other American horror movies based on originally Asian horrors, including the equally as famous The Grudge.The premise of The Ring franchise revolves around a cursed VHS tape. Once someone has watched the tape, then the phone will ring (hence...

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