No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: New girl-centered U.N. role for Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani human rights and education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has had quite the busy week last week. She was named a U.N. Messenger of Peace, which is an honorary title conferred by the U.N. Secretary General António Guterres. 19-year-old Yousafzai is the youngest ever U.N. Messenger of Peace. She joins a list that includes Jane Goodall, Yo Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder and Paulo Coelho. The BBC reported that Yousafzai would have a special focus on girls’ education. Messengers usually serve for three-year terms and are responsible for promoting the work of the U.N. worldwide. At the acceptance...

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Inspiring Women: The Edinburgh Seven

The Edinburgh Seven were a group of women who were the first to study at any British University. These women were Sophia Jex-Blake, Isabel Thorne, Edith Pechey, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Mary Anderson, and Emily Bovell. Sophia Jex-Blake had applied to study medicine in March 1869 but the University Court rejected her application on the grounds that the university could not make the necessary arrangements ‘in the interest of one lady’. Sophia took to The Scotsman and other newspapers to ask other women to join her petition. Isabel Thorne and Edith Pechey were the first two to...

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No Time For Fear – Politicking Girls: Teen Vogue: Leading the Resistance

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of the world seems to underestimate the power of teenage girls. The recent political renaissance of Teen Vogue proves that. The magazine’s editorial staff firmly believes that girls and young women can be interested in both fashion and politics. When Teen Vogue took a stand and began to educate its readership about political events, people seemed shocked. I think that shock and outrage is ridiculous. If people were taken aback by the new political and activist tone of Teen Vogue, then they obviously haven’t been paying attention to content in...

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Scholarship available for young women in STEM

We here at Girl Museum are strong believers of women in STEM, and are excited that Dotcom-Monitor shares that enthusiasm. Not only did they want to start a scholarship program, but they let one of their interns, Julia Garbuz, take the lead! With Julia’s guidance, the scholarship was developed to assist other young women pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or another closely related technical field. In her words: As a woman pursuing a major in computing, I thought it would be interesting to direct the scholarship towards students on a similar path. There are very...

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Angelina Jolie: A Humanitarian Warrior

I find Angelina Jolie Pitt completely fascinating, not only is she an award winning actress but she’s also known for her extensive list of humanitarian work throughout the world. When I was younger I’m ashamed to say that the only thing I knew about her was her role in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which while incredibly cheesy in parts, is still a role portraying female independence. However, it was during the filming of this role in Cambodia that Jolie Pitt first encountered the devastating effects of a war-torn country on its refugees that sparked her into devoting herself to a...

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Today is Digital Learning Day!

Increasingly the digital world is being used more and more as a tool for learning for people of all ages, particularly primary and secondary school aged children. My six year old cousin can use a tablet better than I can; he can code simple webpages and programs–where I am still learning the basic principles of coding itself. My cousin learnt his basic coding skills as part of an I.T. lesson at school using online digital learning sources including YouTube, Google and various coding websites. This type of learning is pertinent to Digital Learning Day 2016 as this campaign aims to provide...

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Review: My Dreams Cannot Be Broken

  The Population Council–an international non-profit organization–is dedicated to conducting research around the globe to assist critical health and development issues, establishing programs and campaigns in over 50 countries. One such scheme is the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program, or AGEP, committed to providing financial independence, sexual health awareness and safe spaces for Zambian girls at their most vulnerable age. A twenty minute video, My Dreams Cannot Be Broken, details the initiatives and purpose of AGEP and includes snippets of interviews with some of the girls and...

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Guest Blog: The Spelman Course That Changed My Life: ‘Girls’ 

For a long time, I aspired to be a public relations and communications practitioner because I enjoy advocating and representing others. In fifth grade, the first time I represented others was when I became the class representative to room 17 at North Miami Elementary. I considered this my first political campaign; I made “vote for me” fliers from the pages of my composition notebook and handed out Oreos. Two decades later, I had no idea how me aspiring to be an advocate for my classmates and one Spelman course would change my life. On August 14, 3 days before the Fall 2016 semester began,...

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Feminism axed from UK Politics A-level Syllabus

In a controversial move by one of the few female led departments in the UK government, Education Secretary and Minister for Women Nicky Morgan has axed both feminism and gender equality from the draft of the new Politics A-level syllabus. The draft, which is in public consultation until 15th December, has caused outrage amongst students and activists, with a petition being launched to oppose the changes and urging Morgan to add more female political thinkers to the syllabus. Not only does this contentious decision conflict with the UK public’s generally progressive attitudes towards equality...

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Celebrating Forgotten Female Academics: Jacqueline de Romilly

Jacqueline de Romilly – who died at age 97 in 2010 – was a classical scholar, writer and Franco-Greek philologist all rolled into one. The list of awards and honours assigned to this scholar during her lifetime is absolutely astounding. She was the first female professor to be elected (and become chair!) to the Collège de France, the first woman to become a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (a French society devoted to the humanities), as well as being awarded Greek citizenship and being named as an ambassador of Hellenism by the Greek government as a result of her...

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