Political Powerhouses: Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters began her political career in 1976 in the California Assembly. Today, she is one of 12 black women in Congress, having represented the State of California since 1991. She’s recently been in the news due to her criticism of the 45th president. She received even more coverage when TV host Bill O’Reilly mocked and dismissed her, saying, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.” Though he later offered a (non)apology, Ms Waters replied on Twitter, “I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I’m not...

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Bombing the Innocent

Girls were attacked Monday night. When a suicide bomber decided to target Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, girls were his target. Concerts, sporting events, and other large gatherings of people are prime targets for terrorists: maximum carnage for minimal effort. But Ariana Grande’s fans are primarily girls and young women. Not soldiers, not politicians. Not bankers. Not fundamentalists. Not extremists. Just girls, and all the complicated things that girls are. Girls were killed Monday night. We can argue the effectiveness of his target, or not. We...

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Policing dress codes in chess

Making the rounds on Facebook at the moment is a story about a 12 year old girl withdrawing from the Malaysian 2017 National Scholastic Chess Championship. This would be fairly unremarkable, except that the girl withdrew, she says, because her dress was in violation of the dress code. This too, would be fairly unremarkable (though many dress codes seem to exist solely to police women’s bodies), except the girl was told in the middle of the second round, and she alleges that her dress was described as “seductive” and a “temptation from a certain angle far, far away.” The...

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Women’s History Month 2017: New Illustrated Girls!

It’s been a tough few months for girls and women, and it doesn’t look to get easier in the immediate future. And whilst March and Women’s History Month is a time to focus on the amazing women who’ve helped to get us where we are, this year we opted for something different. With our Political Powerhouses column, we’ve got some pretty amazing women featured on our blog each week. And our weekly entries for 52 examine objects integral to understanding the history–and current culture–of girlhood. So this year, instead of looking at some of the amazing women in...

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Human Rights Day

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence started on November 25th with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends today, Human Rights Day. Over the last 16 days, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign asked that we “Orange the world.” A small step, but one that’s noticable. A bright colour, chosen to be both obvious and cheerful. And today, December 10th, we acknowledge Human Rights Day. I challenge everyone to take a stand, not just today, but every day. Human rights are not something that should just be acknowledged...

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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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Teen Screen Feminism, featuring Junior Girl Emily Chandler

Dr. Athena Bellas has a fantastic blog and podcast called Teen Screen Feminism which explores – in her words – the “non-academic discussion of all the ideas around feminism, screen cultures, and girlhood.” It’s amazing, and if you haven’t already checked it out, I strongly suggest you do. Try starting with two podcasts that feature Girl Museum’s own Junior Girl Emily Chandler! The first podcast featuring Emily is Queer Girls Onscreen: A Conversation with Emily Chandler, and the second is Halloween Special: Monstrous Girls on the Teen Screen. If you enjoy them,...

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An Inconvenient Woman

Today, November 8, 2016, marks the general election for the 45th US President, and the first time a woman has been a presidential nominee of a major party. For the majority of her adult life, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in public service, either directly or indirectly. Whether working for the Children’s Defense Fund, fighting for universal health care as First Lady of the United States, serving as a US Senator, or serving as Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton has worked tirelessly to support and improve the lives of women, children, families, and the underserved and...

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Forgotten and acknowledged female artists

Joan Carlile is considered one of the first professional British female painters. Born in 1606, she copied the Italian masters, reproducing them in miniature. She was also a talented portrait painter, and worked as such. Though not many of her paintings have survived, her style is recognizable if you know what to look for. The Tate Britain the painting Portrait of an Unknown Woman as part of their goal to increase awareness of female artists. Both the previous owners and the auction house assumed a man had painted it. However, art historian Bendor Grosvenor was able to identify the style as...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn’t an avid gamer growing up, but the first–and possibly only–truly “in” thing I ever got was an original Nintendo back in 1987. I didn’t have tons of games, and I was terrible at pretty much all of them (except Paperboy; to this day, I still don’t know anyone else who completed the entire week. And no, you don’t get anything special for it.). But I loved it. I rarely played video games with friends, but I always enjoyed the challenge. As I got older, I discovered that the dexterity I displayed in playing the piano didn’t translate to video...

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