Girls of TED Talks: Melati and Isabel Wijsen are banning plastic bags

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. In fact, they’re one of my favorite ways to spend a lunch break or relaxing evening. The ideas and positivity of TED shine through in every talk – and often leave me more inspired to get out there and take action. I recently realized that there are a lot of TED Talks by young girls. They cover a broad range of topics, and their ideas demonstrate just how powerful “girl power” really is to the future of our planet and society. Yet no TED event has focused solely on girl power. So we’ve put together a range of blogs that showcase the incredible ideas these...

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Remembering Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher has died. I immediately started crying.  Carrie was beyond just an amazing actress – to me, she was a true warrior princess. Best known as Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars, Carrie was born a princess in real life. The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie spent her entire life in the spotlight – both on screen and off.  But her life was tumultuous – it started with her parents’ divorce at the age of 2, and continued nearly her entire life. Carrie made her film debut in Shampoo (1975), but her true fame came in 1977 when she brought Leia...

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Celebrate More Warrior Princesses on Tumblr!

Have you seen our latest exhibit, Warrior Princess? We showcased the amazing women of the past and present who we think embody what it truly means to be a warrior princess. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to include all of the women we found during our research. So, this month, Girl Museum is celebrating these incredible heroines on our Tumblr page! We’re rounding up the incredible warrior princess of history, pop culture, and legend – many of whom are getting the spotlight for the first time! Be sure to subscribe to our Tumblr blog, as our themes change each month. January will...

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How the Next U.S. President will Decide the Fate of ALL Women

As an American, the news foremost on my mind this month is the recent election for the next President of the United States. It’s an election that I haven’t followed as closely as many others did, preferring only to cast my vote, rather than watch the nation – and even those close to me – become divided on politics. It was, after some years of personal hardship, just too much to become further involved in. On election night, already fed up with what had been months of ugly campaigning, I vowed not to sit in front of the television and watch the results. We’d know soon enough, I...

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Gems of Girlhood: Review of Museum Hack’s Badass Bitches of the Met Tour

“Where my girls at?” It’s a question I ask at nearly every museum I visit. It’s also a driving force behind what we do at Girl Museum. Many museums fail at effectively representing female history. It’s why Girl Museum was created: to use existing collections, modern-day experiences, and international collaborations in order to find where the girls are and give them a space and voice all their own. We look for the stories that have been held on the sidelines: the incredible girls of the past and present who shaped the past and continue to inspire us. But we’re not the only ones dedicated to...

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TedTalk: Teens innovating in cancer research

While lots of teenagers augment their university applications with part-time jobs, volunteer work, and varied clubs, others go above and beyond. Eva Vertes is researching cancer and stem cells, testing the theory that cancer may be a healthy response to damaged stem cells. Lauren Hodge examines cooking chicken and the carcinogens formed from the process, while Shree Bose is looking at ovarian cancer and chemotherapy resistance. (Lauren, Shree, and Naomi Shah also swept the 2011 Google Science Fair, while Brittany Wenger won the grand prize in 2012.). Brittany Wenger spent 600 hours to write...

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Girl Museum Has Reached the GuideStar Gold Level!

  We are very excited to announce that we achieved the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. We work hard to showcase the progress towards our mission of becoming a world-class museum and virtual space for girls. We believe in being transparent about our work to all who visit and support us. As a GuideStar Gold participant, we use their platform to...

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Get Ready for Girl Day on February 25th!

Did you know that only 12% of professional engineers are women? 12 percent! And according to the infographic below, that’s just the beginning of it: The U.S. will need more than 1.7 million new engineers and computer scientists over the next ten years, but women and girls are still three times less likely to follow these career paths than their male peers. Here at Girl Museum, we know that needs to change. Two of our exhibitions last year – STEM Girls and STEAM Girls – showcased that girls have always been integral to the development of STEM fields, including inventing things that we often...

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Giggling with the Lovely Ladies of the Round Table

  I had the awesome privilege of joining the lovely Ladies of the Roundtable for #LORTLive to talk all things girls & gaming. It was an honor to meet them and find our shared passions, as gaming so often does for so many people. Did you miss the livestream? Don’t worry — it’s been recorded and posted to their YouTube channel! Check out the video below to learn about our partnership and how gaming is a positive influence on so many lives: It was such an honor to meet our partners at LORT Nation and discuss our common passions for gaming & equality. Theirs is a cause dear to my...

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Girl Museum has partnered with Ladies of the Round Table!

We are very excited to announce that we are an official academic partner of the Ladies of the Round Table! On January 25, our very own Tiffany Rhoades will be a guest of the #LORTLIVE weekly videocast at 9:30 pm EST. She’ll be talking girls, gaming, and STEM with the incredible ladies of LORT. Tiffany will also be spotlighting our largest exhibition to date, Gamer Girl, which explores the diverse world of girls in gaming and featured many incredible girls and women from the gaming community. So what exactly is LORT? Ladies of the Round Table and Round Table Media is an advocacy group whose...

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