Interview: Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage

Our very own Ashley Remer and Tiffany Rhoades cowrote a chapter about Girl Museum that was published in a 2 volume collection titled Feminism and Museums. Their chapter, “Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage”, focused on the unique challenges and opportunities facing Girl Museum in the digital age. Associate Editor Sage Daugherty spoke with both staff members about their process of writing the chapter and their digital goals for Girl Museum going into 2018. Tell us about writing the chapter — how did that process begin? Ashley: We got a great boost from our...

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#MeToo and Girlhood in Art

Just look at the painting. You do not need any special pedigree, beyond being sighted. In fact, a blind person could tell you, if the painting were being described to them, that something is not right. This painting is called ‘Thérèse Dreaming,’ by Balthus, and was made in 1938. Most girls Thérèse’s age (12 or 13) wouldn’t sit like that without being asked or compelled. Imagine how it felt to sit with your legs spread and your dress hiked up facing an older man–your next-door neighbor. No wonder she is looking away. Balthus gives the viewer permission to consume her image without...

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2018: Fierce Girls Ahead

  We are a museum. Our job is to look backwards and forwards at the same time. Guiding viewers to a place of knowledge and understanding is what we do. It is a tricky time for such tasks. In a time when 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year, our job is made that much harder. How can you learn from the past if you don’t know about it? We know that girls have always been there, taking a stand for what is right. And they continued to do so, throughout the constant barrage of injustices during 2017. Yet in spite of many people’s best efforts, there were ‘good’ things that happened...

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Letter from the Editor XX

Dear Reader, As we approach the New Year, this month’s issue of GNI is about reflection and looking to redefine what it will mean to be a girl in 2018. The Balthus exhibition at The Met is certainly a start. In light of the #MeToo campaign, museum educators have started to examine art history’s objectification of young women by questioning the content of some of the most famous paintings (read more about this exhibition in an upcoming blog post). Of course, this is not to ignore the negatives that still exist: if we can change the course female objectification by reconsidering the...

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Letter from the Editor XIX

  Dear reader, This month’s issue is still influenced by #metoo—the movement has just been named “Person of the Year” by TIME Magazine. Their subtle, clever and artistic move on the cover is a strong message to us all: there are many more women out there who, voluntarily or not, remain unnamed and unseen. At Girl News, we try to make girls and their stories more visible, and we hope that you amplify our effort by sharing them. Whether it is to shed light on continued abuse in Myanmar and Nigeria, young girls joining the ever growing female STEM group, or the discussion about the new...

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Letter from the Editor XVIII

Dear Reader, The last issue of GNI looked at modernising the old model of ‘the princess’ into an empowering contemporary role model for girls. This issue explores the twists and turns that exist on the road to empowering young women. While girl activists as young as 13 are standing up for their rights all across Africa, an eight-year-old Australian girl lost her life while drag racing. It is so important to encourage young women to be bold and achieve their dreams, however, we must also consider the fearless becoming dangerous, as young women are entering into systems that have...

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BDM Girls

  Before it became law in 1939, there were tens of thousands of girls signed up to the Hitler Youth organisations. The League of German Girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel [BDM]) was the female section of the Hitler Youth founded in 1930. The purpose of BDM was to indoctrinate girls into the beliefs and ideals of the Nazi regime. This was a clever government program to create generations of girls dedicated to Nazism, being dutiful housewives, whose primary purpose within society was to become a mother. The roles of girls and the women they would become was completely designed and proscribed by...

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Letter from the Editor XV

Dear Reader, Over the past week, the world has been celebrating International Day of the Girl, and many groups, activists and celebrities focused on girl projects. The media followed along, so for several days before and after, the public seemed to take a bit more notice of what matters for girls. But it’s important to pay attention every day, every week. For example, how Syrian Girl Scouts still keep on doing what they love, how Indian female students challenge society, how Yazidi girls fled their ISIS punishers and find their way back into life. There is so much that we must not forget, so...

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Binding Girls

  Girls have literally always been under the control of their parents, extended families, communities, and governments. Their minds and bodies being policed at all times. The most extreme example of this is the Chinese practice of foot binding. Thought to have begun around 900 CE, the earliest evidence of footbinding comes from around 1240 and it persisted until the early 20th century, despite being made illegal in the 17th. The most shocking aspect of foot binding, beyond the horrific images of actual bound feet, is the devotion chinese women had to continuing the practice that hobbled...

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30 September 2017: Never again, again

The Rohingya people are being killed. By their government. This is called genocide. This is not new. This has become a recurring theme of the 21st century, and we are not even 20 years in. Persecution and execution of people who are not in the majority is something people have become very good at turning a blind eye to, especially when it is isn’t them. Not only are people being killed, but those who have been able to flee are now in refugee camps in Bangladesh where there are countless orphans and unaccompanied minors are in great danger of being abused or trafficked. ‘Never...

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