Musical Gals: Changing perceptions on women and music

After exploring the life of Clara Schumann, it seems appropriate to take a break, and consider for a moment how perceptions of women in music have changed throughout the ages. One nineteenth century contemporary stated that women “rarely attempt the more mature forms because such works assume a certain abstract strength that is overwhelmingly given to men.” Putting my disgust at the comment aside for a moment, it made me dig deeper, and think about how far society has come. Women were rarely seen within the music composition industry until more recently. In the 1100s, the only music composed...

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How To Survive Your Twenties with Daisy Buchanan, Emily Morris, Lucy Vine & Lauren Berry

A couple of weeks ago I headed to the stunning Gower Street Waterstones in central London, to attend the How To Survive Your Twenties talk, hosted by Daisy Buchanan, Emily Morris, Lucy Vine, and Lauren Berry. The panel discussed everything from FOMO (fear of missing out), dealing with the unexpected, relationships and friendships – all from a female point of view. This special event, surrounded by the incredible books written by the panel members, brought up the issues girls face when navigating the difficult decades of your teen and twenties years. The event started with an introduction...

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Girls in Podcasts: CTRL ALT Delete

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. CTRL ALT Delete is the brainchild of Emma Gannon, a blogger, journalist, and author (her memoir is also called CTRL ALT Delete). Girl Lost In The City, the original name of Emma’s blog, is a blog I’ve read for years. Emma is an amazing writer. The blog is honest, open, balanced, reflective and wholesomely relatable. I had very high hopes a podcast would be more of the...

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The BBC Gender Pay Gap: A shocking revelation for a modern age

You may (or may not) have been keeping a watchful eye on the BBC after the organisation published the salaries of its top talent. What we saw revealed a shocking gender pay gap. The figures exposed a huge disparity between the wages of women and men within the organisation. Only a third of the highest earners were female, the rest were male. The announcement on the 19th July 2017 comes at a time when pay equality makes the headlines on a regular occasion. We have recently seen headlines telling us that Financial Times journalists are threatening to strike over the 13% pay gap at the...

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Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Still Epitomizes Girl Power

For those unfamiliar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an American television series that followed Buffy Summers, the most recent young woman known as “The Slayer”. The series received critical and popular acclaim, often being considered one of the greatest shows of all time. Most importantly, it was a show that promoted female strength and power. To this day, Buffy is a symbol of female empowerment. It wasn’t just Buffy’s physical strength that inspired many young women, it was the fact that she was a complex character who went against most stereotypes of “damsels...

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Suffragettes Defaced Penny

  When you think of suffragettes, what comes to mind? Women picketing in front of the white house, holding signs and wearing purple sashes. A young woman stepping in front of a horse, willingly sacrificing herself in order to bring attention to the cause. Defacing cultural sites, such as The Rokeby Venus (a painting in the National Gallery) or a mummy case in teh British Museum. Secret meetings, whispered rumors, and late night speeches hurriedly delivered before the police could arrive. Scenes from a movie, to be sure. Yet the true power of suffragettes wasn’t their most public...

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