Girlhood Heroine: Audrey Hepburn

  The first time I saw Audrey Hepburn on screen I was sitting on the living room floor of my childhood home watching TV. Flipping through the channels in boredom, I paused on the opening of the movie Charade. Watching the film, I fell in love with Audrey’s elegant style, and playful nature. From that time, I watched every one of her movies I could find, including hits like Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, said “she lived her life believing in simplicity.” Her love of simplicity showed in her iconic...

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Girlhood Heroine: Mary Hooper

Ever since I can remember, I’ve spent countless hours in the library. Reading has always been one of my biggest passions. My girlhood was defined by reading and the countless worlds I could enter, by reading a book. As a lover of history, historical fiction has always been my favourite genre. Here’s where Mary Hooper entered my life and became one of my heroines. Hooper is an author of over seventy books for children and young adults. My favourite books include The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose and At The Sign of the Sugared Plum. She opened my eyes to the historical...

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Film Review: Matilda

I remember the first time I watched Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito; I was 9 years old. I went to a theatre in Veracruz with my parents and as soon as the movie was over and we were back home, I started to stare at things to see if I could move them. Also, I tried to wear a red ribbon around my head, but my hair wasn’t like Mara Wilson’s, the actress and writer who played Matilda and I removed it immediately (don’t worry, I’ve come to accept and love my fluffy hair). 20 years have gone by since I watched the movie for the first time. I have since watched the movie countless times, but the...

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Super Girls! The Powerpuff Girls

Members: Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles, collectively known as the Powerpuff Girls Powers: Super strength, super speed, flight, X-ray/laser vision, Supersonic screams, virtually indestructible Quotes: Buttercup: “I’m a mess, I need to change, and I don’t even know where to start.” Blossom: “I guess we shouldn’t judge people by what they look like.” Professor Utonium: “Unfortunately, people often get scared or angry when they don’t understand something special and unique.”   The Powerpuff Girls are maybe the quintessential empowering superheroes for young...

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Belle: Why “Funny” Girls Go Far

I didn’t have many friends growing up. I went to a small school in Connecticut where if one person didn’t like you, the other 30 kids didn’t either: they either ignored my existence entirely or picked on me for being different than them. My classmates would rave about Green Day, and I’d geek out over books and movies. The girls were all skinny and shopped at Hollister, and I was heavy and wore nothing but dresses. I was weird, obsessive, and quiet. Belle showed me they were wrong. In Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Belle was an outcast. With a passion for books and a wanderlust that pulled...

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Super Girls! Violet from The Incredibles

  Name: Violet Parr Appears in: The Incredibles Occupation: Schoolgirl Powers: force-fields, turning invisible Quote: “I feel different. Is different okay?”   The Incredibles is one of my favourite Pixar movies. It’s funny, it’s creative, it’s original – and Edna Mode is maybe one of the best characters ever made. Of all the characters’ powers however, I was always most envious of Violet. It was only pointed out to me recently that her capabilities (creating force fields and turning invisible) mirror her own introverted personality from the film’s beginning. I’m not sure if my...

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Review: Moana – Why Disney’s Latest Princess is Making Waves

“Make way! Make way!” There’s a new Disney Princess in town! Moana is the story of an adventurous young woman of the same name. The daughter of the village chief, she is torn between her love for her village and her desire to sail across the sea. When the life of her island and her people are threatened, Moana is chosen by the ocean to embark on a journey to stop a powerful darkness brought on centuries before when the demigod Maui stole the legendary, life-creating heart of the Mother Island. Together, Moana and Maui embark on an epic adventure to restore the Heart of Te Fiti, battling...

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Cleopatra or Kim Kardashian?

I must admit, I know quite a lot about Kim Kardashian. In fact, I know a little about her whole family. I’m not sure how I know about them. I’ve never actually gone out of my way to watch their television program or read an article about them. But the Kardashians are pervasive in our culture. So, I assume I’ve just picked up these bits of Kardashian knowledge just by being in society. From the bits of knowledge, I’ve picked up, I have deduced that I’m not a huge fan. I’m not sure that she does much to help our culture and I’m not sure we need to contour our face (it seems like a lot of...

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Annie Fox and the case of the disappearing Purple Heart

On December 7th, 1941, the US entered WWII when Pearl Harbor was bombed. At the time, First Lieutenant Annie G. Fox of the Army Nurse Corps was the Head Nurse at Hickam Field. Her bravery in rallying her nurses, organizing civilian volunteers, and treating the wounded earned her not only universal praise, but also a medal. During the heaviest part of the bombing, Lt. Fox was in surgery, serving as anesthesiologist. In October of 1942, she was awarded the Purple Heart, the first to a woman, with her citation reading During the attack, Lieutenant Fox in an exemplary manner, performed her...

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Grace Darling’s remarkable rescue

Grace Darling was born on 24 November 1815 in Northumberland, northeast England. She was the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and lived with her eight siblings on an island just off the coast in Longstone Lighthouse. In the morning of the 7 September 1838, aged just 22, Grace was looking out of her bedroom window when she spotted the wreck at sea. The steam ship Forfarshire had smashed into rocks near the island of Big Harcar on its way from Kingston-upon-Hull to Dundee. Survivors were clinging to rocks but were in serious danger of being swept away and drowning. Grace and her father went to...

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