Fashion for Young Ladies in 1883

  Flipping through the pages of a magazine in the grocery check-out line, you would expect to see a variety of articles, including pages about the latest fashion trends. With summer vacation coming to an end in many parts of the world, magazines for teenage girls are filled with tips for putting together back-to-school outfits. Even in the 1880s, girls sought out magazines for fashion advice. This print is from an 1883 edition of the Young Ladies’ Journal, on loan to the Rijksmuseum from the M.A. Ghering-van Ierlant Collection. The girls in the image are showing off a variety of...

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Child Brides: Not So Happily Ever After

Many little girls dream of being a beautiful bride with a fancy white dress, colorful flowers, and dancing the night away with the love of her life. These little girls might even have a pretend wedding, complete with a dandelion bouquet and mommy’s high heels and talks of happily ever after. What these girls do not dream of is actually being married at such a young age. Unfortunately, that is the reality that some young girls live. A recent article titled “What Life is Like When a Girl Marries at 11” discusses the issue of child marriage, specifically in Malawi. In Malawi,...

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Happy Birthday, Juliette Gordon Low

Daisies. Brownies. Cookies. Badges. Friends. If these words bring back warm and fuzzy memories of Girl Scouts, you have Juliette Gordon Low to thank. This Halloween marks 156 years since the founder of Girl Scouts was born in Savannah, Georgia. Juliette was an independent and adventurous girl with many interests and those ideals became the foundation for the Girl Scout program. Juliette grew up in a wealthy family, but her childhood was not always easy. Her father fought in the Civil war when she was a young girl and the war’s proximity to their home caused the Gordons to move several...

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Explore Your World

I have always loved to travel. It started when I was a little girl when my family would take trips to Florida or go camping Up North in Michigan. Once I reached college, I grew to be more independent and found ways to explore new places. My travels have been nothing short of life-changing, and I encourage all girls to get out and experience other cultures and see new landscapes. My first big solo trip was to Alaska. After my second year of university, I landed an internship at the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature in Anchorage. I spent two months learning all about Alaskan animals, the Ice...

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Happy Birthday, Lucy!

We Love Lucy and want to wish her a happy 105th birthday! As a little girl, I spent many nights watching I Love Lucy at sleepovers long after we were supposed to be asleep. Lucy’s character was someone that we could look up to – a funny lady with a can-do attitude. Lucille Ball was born to Henry and Desiree Ball on August 6th, 1911 in Jamestown, New York as the first of two children. As a young girl, times were often tough for Lucy. Money was scarce and her family had to move several times for her father to find work. Things got worse when her father died from typhoid when Lucy...

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Summer is Just Around the Corner!

Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere with the Summer Solstice on June 20th, but many people start celebrating the season when June rolls around or when school lets out for the summer. Right now, students are getting antsy as they look out their classroom windows, teachers are trying to keep their attention, and parents are planning family vacations, neighborhood barbeques, and other summer activities. Summer is a lot of fun, but after a few weeks of being at home, things can start to get a little boring. Try some of our tips to keep busy and try new things all summer long! Top...

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Celebrating Our Earth

Happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day to you! This year we are celebrating the 46th Earth Day. As we inch closer to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, there are many things that we can do to keep our planet healthy and make it more beautiful. Here are a few ideas for celebrating with Mother Nature in 2016. Plant a Tree This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Trees for the Earth.” According to the Earth Day Network, the planet loses over 15 billion trees each year. While it may be hard to replenish trees at the rate they are being lost, we can at least make an effort....

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‘Tis The Season to Celebrate Family History

The holiday season is a time for gathering with loved ones, sharing stories, and avoiding cold winter weather. Family conversations often include reminiscing and sharing stories that can make you laugh until you cry or leave you totally shocked that your grandmother was such a wild child. I always love hearing my grandmother tell the story about a double date with a friend where their dates were so boring that the girls went to the bathroom and climbed out the window to escape! Imagine all of the stories your family members have that are just waiting to be told. A great way to start these...

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Full STEAM Ahead: Megan Griffiths

In preparation for the launch of STEAM Girls, we’re excited to share an interview with museum conservation technician Megan Griffiths. Girl Museum’s own Museum Education Advisor, Hillary Hanel, interviewed Megan about the intersection of art and science in her career. Hillary: First, tell us a little about your background in museum conservation. Megan: After a long and winding road and much indecisiveness, I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my degree, but I knew I wanted to work in the...

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A Record Number of Rosies

Rosie the Riveter is an iconic image from World War II. Her “can do” attitude helped thousands of women to join the workforce during the war and paved the way for working women even after the war ended. You may not realize it, but there are still Rosies among us and you may even have some in your family. A unique event this past weekend brought together hundreds of women dressed as Rosie the Riveter, and even included a few original Rosies. A new Guinness World Record was set at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan as 2,097 women dressed as Rosie gathered together...

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