Literary Girls: Flavia de Luce (Flavia de Luce books)

In our “Literary Girls” series we have discussed many amazing, inspiring heroines from books we cherished while growing up. Flavia de Luce has appeared on the scene more recently, as the first novel she was featured in was released in 2009, but this brilliant girl detective harkens back to Nancy Drew and other classic mysteries. Flavia de Luce is described on her creator’s website as “eleven years old and passionate about poisons – although she’s almost as interested in old churchyards and the fascinating chemistry of decay.” She inhabits the fictional English village of Bishop’s Lacey in...

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Turn Orange to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Every year, the Istanbul Marathon gives runners the only opportunity in the world to be able to pass through two continents, Europe and Asia, in a single race. This year, when it was run on November 15, it also gave athletes and spectators the opportunity to support ending violence against women and girls. The official theme of the marathon this year is ending violence against women, in anticipation of Istanbul’s plan to “turn orange” for November 25 and 16 Days of Activism. The United Nations has declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The...

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Mythological Girls: Iphigenia

The Trojan War cycle of Greek mythology has given our culture many notable tragic heroes and heroines. One whose story has continued to resonate is the princess Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. According to myth Iphigenia’s father, the Greek leader Agamemnon, was ordered to sacrifice his daughter in order to appease the Artemis before the goddess would allow the Greek ships the winds they needed to sail for Troy. The character Iphigenia is not mentioned in either of Homer’s epics, The Iliad or The Odyssey. Two early references in Classical literature to of the death of...

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Redefining the Bikini Body

Do you ever hesitate to put on a swimsuit because you are afraid of how your body will look in it, especially a bikini? These fears are not stopping Isa-Bella Leclair. The nineteen-year old Canadian student was born with Parkes Weber Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes her right leg to swell. She recently shared a picture of herself in a bikini on twitter to help inspire body confidence and positivity in other girls. “My condition doesn’t define me and there’s no way I would let it stop me from wearing a cute swimsuit or a cute dress,” Isa-Bella told The...

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Breaking barriers in toe shoes

My goal has always been to be a principal dancer with ABT [American Ballet Theater]. Before I knew that there’d never been a black woman that was always my goal. I wanted to dance “Odette-Odile” and Kitri in Don Quixote and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. So that’s still my goal. But knowing that it’s never been done before I think makes me fight even harder. -Misty Copeland Pink slippers and prima ballerina dreams are an essential part of the childhoods of many girls. But in the intensely competitive world of professional ballet few girls will struggle as hard, or...

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(Guerilla) Girls in Museums

Do you ever dream of having your name appear in an art museum text panel? What if you had to be naked to make it happen? That is a question that drives the Guerilla Girls, a group of feminist artists known for the gorilla masks they wear to remain anonymous, and this year they have an art exhibition of their own, currently on display at the Georgia Museum. One of their best-known projects is a poster that depicts a nude woman wearing a gorilla mask. The poster asks: Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum? In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition intended...

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More STEM items for girls

Girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are finally gaining acknowledgment from two major companies. Lisa Ryder, the mother of a nine-year-old budding scientist, was disappointed that Land’s End offers tees with “realistic images of planets and our solar system, labeled diagrams of sharks and dinosaurs, and a “NASA Crew” tee design” for boys, but, as Ryder described in a post on the company’s Facebook page: When we got to the available t-shirt designs for girls on page 56, instead of science-themed art, we were treated to sparkly tees with...

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Frida Kahlo: Girlhood of a Great Artist

The great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon on July 6, 1907. She was born in her family home, La Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Coyoacan, Mexico. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a German-born photographer. The Mexican Revolution began in 1910, when Kahlo was three years old. At age six, a disease (often thought to be polio, but thought by some historians to possibly be another, similar ailment) left Frida with a stunted right leg. She may have also suffered from the disease spina bifida. At age 15, Frida entered the National Preparatory School where...

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Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

May 12th’s Google doodle honored the birthday of biochemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin. Hodgkin is famous for her important achievements in protein crystallography, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964. But before her remarkable accomplishments as an adult, Hodgkin had remarkable experiences as an inquisitive girl in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Dorothy Mary Crowfoot was born May 12, 1910 in Cairo, Egypt, to English parents. Her mother Grace Mary Crowfoot (Hood) was an archaeologist and scholar of ancient textiles, and her father John Winter Crowfoot was an...

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“Gills” in Marine Biology

“Shark!” For many people this animal may be a cause of fear, but for some girls it can lead to fascinating facts about marine biology and other STEM fields. A new organization, called the Gills Club, is inspiring and educating girls ages 14 and under by connecting them with female marine biologists. The group’s motto is “smart about sharks,” and they want to help girls to make “a significant impact on the way sharks are perceived by the public” while building their interest in STEM subjects and careers. Gills Club is a project of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), a nonprofit...

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