Make Your Voice Heard at Girl Museum

Museums are places for – and by – people. People made the objects. Others acquired the objects for the museum. Other people put together the exhibitions that bring objects together into themes. And still others come to view, discuss, and find meaning in those objects. Most importantly, people created the stories behind every object and image you see. Girl Museum is a museum for, and by, the people. The stories you see here are those of girls around the world, in the past and present. Our goal has always been to let girls tell their own stories. It’s why Girl Museum exists: we are a space...

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Girls of TED Talks: Angela Zhang’s nanoparticle is changing cancer treatment

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. Angela Zhang was taught one key thing: break a big question down into smaller, more manageable pieces in order to answer it. Taking this wisdom from her father, 17-year-old Angela set out to revolutionize cancer treatment. Working with her chemistry teacher, Angela undertook an advanced research project to mix cancer medicine with polymers. The result was a nanoparticle that can attach...

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Girls of TED Talks: Caitlin Haacke is Fighting Bullying

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. At 16, Caitlin Haacke set out to change the world – with post-it notes! Caitlin had been bullied at school, even encouraged to commit suicide by one bully. Now an anti-bullying advocate, Caitlin created Positive Post-It Day, a worldwide event to help end bullying. Her movement spread as far as Japan, Brazil, England, and the United Arab Emirates as a way for students to put positivity back...

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Girls of TED Talks: Rebecca Dharmapalan and “International Boulevard”

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. Rebecca Dharmapalan is a 19-year-old artist and activist working to tackle one huge problem: child sex trafficking in the United States. It’s a problem many don’t realize exists – and yet it affects the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of girls. In 2015 alone, nearly 100,000 children were trafficked in the U.S. Rebecca is using her voice to take a stand. She produced the...

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Girls of TED Talks: Suzanne Barakat wants to end hate

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother, sister, and sister-in-law were murdered by their neighbors in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The story made national headlines, and it was eventually released that the murders had been motivated solely by Islamophobia. The neighbor stated that he killed them over a traffic dispute, but Suzanne knew better. Speaking at a press conference, she...

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Girls of TED Talks: Maya Penn

Do you love TED Talks? So do I. Today’s post is a continuation of our Girls of TED Talks series, which focuses on young girls who have presented at TED events around the world with their inspiring ideas. Maya Penn is an entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, and activist . . . and she’s only 16. She started her first company at the age of 8. Her company, Maya’s Ideas, has grown into an eco-friendly clothing and accessories line whose designs are sold all over the world. 10-20% of all her profits go to local and global causes. In 2013, she took the stage at TEDWomen to share her story, which...

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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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