Girls in Podcasts: Museum Masters

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. Museum Masters is a podcast about all things museums and museology, from the point of view of two Museum Studies students Mary Akemon and Allison Bryan. As two Americans completing their Museum Studies masters in Britain, they discuss primarily the British museum sector. Museum Masters is an insightful and illuminating podcast into the world of museum study and...

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Presidential Portraits and Representation

On Monday, February 12, the portraits of former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were officially unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian. The portraits themselves are significant in two ways. Firstly, the portraits are of the first African-American president and first lady. And secondly, the artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first African-American artists to paint presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. There are mixed reviews about the portraits — they don’t look enough like their subjects or the...

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Horror Girls: Annabelle: Creation

Girls in Horror Movies: Annabelle: Creation This week I’ll be talking about the 2017 horror movie Annabelle: Creation. Annabelle: Creation focuses on the origin story of the Annabelle doll in the Annabelle/The Conjuring franchise. The movie opens with Samuel making a doll for his daughter, Annabelle, who is then tragically killed in a car accident. Samuel, and his wife Esther, are desperate to contact their daughter from beyond the grave, so they give permission to a spirit (who they think is Annabelle!) to possess the doll. The doll attacks Esther, and so two priests lock the doll in...

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American Teen Chloe Kim Makes History at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Last Monday, American Chloe Kim became the youngest female snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal, which she won during the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final. The 17-year-old Korean-American has been snowboarding since she was 4 years old, when her father bought her a snowboard and took her to a mountain. She’s been competitively snowboarding from an early age, and has won four golds, one silver and one bronze medal at the X Games. Mic reports that in February 2016, she became the first female snowboarder to land back-to-back 1080s (1080 = THREE full circle turns in the air) in a...

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No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Canada Doubles Aid for Girls’ Education

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently pledged a renewal of Canadian support for the Global Partnership for Education during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The forum took place at the end of January 2018, and Trudeau announced a pledge of $180 million CAD over the next three years, nearly doubling the original aid. The Global Partnership for Education supports 65 developing countries to ensure that every child has access to a quality education. The panel discussion on the education and empowerment of girls and women consisted of Trudeau and Malala...

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Mythological Girls: Tara

Tara is a world-renowned deity, who predominantly features as a female Buddha in many strains of Buddhism, particularly Tibetan or the ‘Mahayana Tradition’ as it is also known. However, she is also included as one of the Mahavidyas, or the ’10 Divine Mothers’ in Hinduism and an independent deity in India. Tara embodies motherhood, compassion, and wisdom in all pantheons. The Buddhist text Praises to the 21 Taras is one of the most important sources on Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. This hints towards her inception as the female counterpart of Avalokiteshvara, an early bodhisattva or ‘pre-Buddha’....

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