Girl Museum’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Does your family celebrate the holidays with gift giving? Consider buying a gift that inspires girls you know or one that gives back! Search for gifts related to a cause your loved ones care about, or consider giving from our recommendations below! Toys and Skills IAmElemental provides toys that “allow girls to envision themselves as strong, powerful and connected beings.” These super-heroine dolls represent the elements of courage: bravery, energy, honesty, industry, enthusiasm, persistence, and fear. The Lammily doll is made to encourage healthy bodies and a love for travel in young girls!...

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“Let Girls Lead” Panel

Girls education, and investing in that girl’s life not only transforms the life of that girl but of her community, and her country as well.  ~Dr. Denise Dunning, Executive Director of Let Girls Lead On November 19, 2013, the International Museum of Women hosted a panel called “Let Girls Lead” in San Francisco, California. Let Girls Lead is a not-for-profit organization that “empowers girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling, and strategic partnerships.” The panel was made up of three inspirational women:...

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If She Can Do It…

Pro Riders at Sugar Showdown 2012 at Duthie Hill in Issaquah, WA, USA http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8860577/ Like any typical young girl growing up in the UK, I had a bike. Mine wasn’t pink with flowers, though: it was luminous yellow with bees on it and a bell which sounded like a doorbell ringing. I got off to a shaky start but once I got the stabilisers off, I was quite content to while away a long afternoon cycling in concentric circles round our cul-de-sac with the other local kids. It’s probably a familiar story to many of us: the wobbly experience of riding our first proper bike. My...

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Olympic Ads Encourage Girls to Go for Gold

World cycling champion Victoria Pendleton and Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman have today launched ‘Girls4Gold’ – a mass recruitment drive for young athletic women by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport, aimed to uncover hidden talent with the potential to rise to the podium at London 2012 and beyond. http://www.womensportreport.com/women-sport_now-the-search-on-is-girls-4-gold_9294 Olympic TV Ads are re-enforcing the Girls For Gold Message Over the past few weeks, British TV adverts have been hijacked by Olympic Fever: washing powders will protect your Olympic colours,...

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‘Grubs Up’ and other winners

‘Grubs Up’ by Georgia Harding, aged 12 RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2011 Winner of 12-15 years category On 16 December 2011 at the Tower of London, the RSPCA announced the winners of their annual contest, which seeks out the photographic talents of individuals 18 and under for the Young Photographer Awards.  The aim of the annual contest is to “encourage young people’s interest in photography and show their appreciation and understanding of the animals around them.”  The categories available to participants include Under 12s, 12-15 year olds, 16-18 year olds, Pet...

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Transgender Girl in the running for Miss England

New life: Jackie Green was the youngest person in Britain to undergo a sex change two years ago Image: rossparry.co.uk/syndication An inspirational teenager from Leeds, Jackie Green, is hoping to become the first transsexual woman to win the Miss England crown. Jackie, who’s 18, was born as Jack, but always knew she should have been a girl: she therefore took the brave decision to have gender reassignment surgery two years ago, becoming the youngest person in the UK to receive a full sex change. Although her parents supported her choices, Jackie suffered severe bullying when she was younger,...

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Exhibition Review: Holding Up Half the Sky at the Skirball

I recently visited the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition, on view at the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum until May 20th, 2012. This is an original exhibition based on the bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Both the book and the exhibition aim to raise awareness about the challenges that women and girls in the world, and especially in third world countries, face in our contemporary society. The exhibition is organized in three circles that address the main issues plaguing women today: maternal...

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Sanitary Pads change Somali Girls’ Lives

Fartun Abdi Hashi at work. Photograph: Abdi Hassan/IRIN In Somalia, when a girl gets her period, she will often need to miss school or work because of a lack of sanitary supplies.  Out of embarrassment and shame, girls miss out on education, sometimes dropping out altogether, because makeshift pads of paper and leaves are ineffective. The Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) is changing that.  With support from a variety of agencies, including Unicef and UNHCR, GECPD has been able to employ young women to made sanitary pads.  The GECPD educates at least 800 girls, and...

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Black Girls Rock!

Beverly Bond founded Black Girls Rock! In 2006 in order to provide positive role models for young girls of color and a sense of empowerment.  This year’s Black Girls Rock! Awards show will celebrate actresses and singers, as well as sports figures, political activists, and human rights activists. Black Girls Rock! strives to “promote positive images of women in media,” but the largest missions by far are the arts and mentoring programs for teens and girls of color.  The programs are diverse, and include such activities as poetry workshops, a DJ academy program, the “Taste the World”...

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Chess is for Girls

Bonnie Trafelet for Chicago News Cooperative Chess grandmaster Susan Polgar Every year for the past I don’t even know how many years, it has been my New Year’s resolution to learn to play chess. As you may have discerned from the frequency at which it features at the top of my self-improvement list, chess is still not a talent which I can lay any claim to. Heck, not even any basic knowledge. I am officially a duffer.* But unlike me, hopefully many other girls will be inspired to tackle the monochromatic board after a presentation to Chicago elementary school pupils by Chess Grand Master...

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