Mythological Girls: Ixchel

  Ixchel, or Ix Chel as she is also known, is the 16th century name for an ancient Mayan Jaguar deity. She was believed to be the goddess of the moon, midwifery, medicine and catastrophe. She is originally named as ‘Goddess O’ in The Dresden Codex, which is the oldest surviving text of the Americas and dates to approximately the 13th century. In this text, she is described as an aged deity with jaguar ears who was primarily responsible for midwifery and medicine. By the 16th century, the Poqomchi’ tribe of Yucatán who were the descendants of the Mayans, were referring to the deity as...

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Political Powerhouses: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland has had a long and varied career. She began as a doctor before entering politics. She went on to serve three terms as Prime Minister of Norway before turning her focus to environmental issues. She earned her medical degree from the University of Oslo in 1963 and two years later she graduated with a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. She then went on to work in the public school health service in Oslo. Her interest in politics began at a young age when her parents signed her up as a member of the Norwegian Labour Movement in the children’s section....

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Famous Female Outlaws: The Lioness of Brittany

Jeanne de Clisson, known from history as the Lioness of Brittany, began life as a Breton noblewoman in 1300. Her parents arranged for her marriage at the age of 12 to the 19 year old Geoffroy de Châteaubriant VIII. They had two children before he died prematurely in 1326. She married again in 1328 to Guy of Penthièvre, but this didn’t last long – the marriage was annulled in 1330 by Pope John XXII. Until her third marriage, Jeanne’s life was uneventful, but in 1330 she married Olivier de Clisson IV, a wealthy nobleman with lands in Blain, a castle in Clisson and a manor house in Nantes. They...

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The Tale of Sumiyoshi

  From rom coms to stacks of romantic paperbacks, we love a good love story. For many, our first experience with a love story may have been the story of Cinderella. But the Cinderella-style story has been around since long before Disney released their famous animated version in 1950. Cinderella stories were very popular in the Heian and Kamakura periods in Japan. This artifact is an example of that – a thirteenth century illustration telling The Tale of Sumiyoshi on a beautifully drawn handscroll. The story was likely created in the tenth century by an anonymous author. The piece...

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GlobalGirl Media Kosovo: Violence Cannot Take Away Your Honor

We’re please to share another video from the amzing girls of GlobalGirl Media. From the GlobalGirls in Kosovo, this video looks at the long lasting stigma of sexual assault on women who were raped during the Kosovo War. Artist Alketa Xhafa-Mripa created an installation of 5,000 skirts and dresses to be hung in a stadium, symbolizing the purity of the women. GlobalGirl Media, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering high school age girls from under-served communities around the world through media, leadership and journalistic training to have a voice in the global...

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Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2017 marks the 47th year of Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day brought together people from all walks of life: Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, students and blue collar workers to fight for the environment. By the end of 1970, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) had been formed. Once again, our environment is threat. With deregulations, the gutting of the EPA–both financial and personnel–and denials of climate science at the highest levels, it’s more important than ever to work to protect the planet. So today, and every day, please think about...

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