Think Global: The Journey Begins

As I wait in Gaborone, Botswana for the new school year to begin, I face the same doubts and fears that anyone does before their first day at a new high school. The only difference is I’m also worried about whether or not I’m going to get eaten by a lion before I manage to graduate. This year I’m starting my first semester at Think Global School, a traveling high school that takes students around the world as they learn math, humanities, and all that other high school stuff. Basing itself in four countries a year, the school currently consists of thirty 10th and 11th...

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Qing Girls

  A young girl made of bronze, holding an object we can’t identify, pleading with us to call her by name. That seems to be the story of so many girls in Qing China, the last imperial dynasty of an ancient land. The Qing dynasty lasted from 1644 until 1912, becoming known as a multicultural empire that formed the basis for modern China. Yet it was a rigid society, known for its strict class hierarchy and the oppression of women. Like this nameless girl, many girls in the Qing dynasty were expected to be silent. Though educated, it was only so that they could take their place as teachers...

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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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