Publications

Girl Museum has contributed to a range of publications, including popular magazines, academic journals, and anthologies on girl culture, feminism, and museums. You can explore our various authored articles below. 

Want us to contribute to an upcoming magazine, journal, or book? Use the Contact Us form to send us a note!

Feminism and Museums booksFeminism and Museums

Mention “feminism” outside of sociology or politics and you're often met with an eye-roll or confusion. However, the hard reality is that females remain a highly oppressed group globally: deemed inferior, suffering from violence and slavery, and denied educational, economic and political opportunities.

In two volumes (each 600+ pages), Feminism and Museums explores how museums are responding to these wider socio-political challenges, in which they too play a part. In an unprecedented range, depth and variety of case studies and analyses these volumes present feminist actions, interventions and disruptions which are impacting the processes of collecting, learning, interpretation and engagement in today's museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

Ashley Remer and Tiffany Rhoades contributed the chapter, "Girl Museum: Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage", which explored how our work challenges the widespread exclusion of girls' history and culture from museum exhibitions. Through our digital programs that showcase girls' distinctive conditions, contributions, and global rights, we advocate or gender equality and challenge the reiteration of dominant narratives, reinterpreting history and culture to reveal the historical agency of ordinary girls. 

You can order Feminism and Museums online here.

Here Come the Girls

Why are headlines about girls always bad ones? In January 2017, Katie Weidmann explored this question in Standard Issue magazine in an article entitled, "Here come the girls."  As she stated,

Would you know the name Malala Yousafzai if she hadn’t been shot? Probably not. She would be just another girl in a long line of those who are ignored, dismissed, or forgotten. Yousafzai is celebrated because she had the misfortune of being shot.

This is particularly depressing, as she had been an activist for girls’ education since 2008, four years before the Taliban shot her. Sadder still: if she had died, she would be just another person killed by the Taliban.

Click here to read the article.

Raising Up Little Voices

In July 2016, ExhibiTricks featured a guest post by Tiffany Rhoades on who we are, what we've done, and our tips and tricks for exhibition success. Exploring how our "small but mighty" museum does things differently, Tiffany stated,

“But wait, isn’t that just a women’s history museum?”
 
Well, no.  While we do talk about women’s history a lot, Girl Museum is different because we intentionally focus our gaze on the experiences of females from birth through the age of 25.  Our work crosses into women’s history – because the voices and records of girls are largely lost to us.  We have to dig for them, but we know the girls are there because we’ve already found so much.
 
And all of this is accomplished by a volunteer team (not even our director is paid!), on a shoestring budget, and put online so it is freely accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime. 
Read the article here.

LORT Live

Tiffany Rhoades was a guest speaker for the Ladies of the Roundtable #LORTLive weekly webcast on January 25, 2016.  #LORTLive is produced by LORT Nation.

You can view her discussion on Girl Museum, girls, and gaming here and in the video below.

 

Becoming Girl Museum

Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge is an independent peer-reviewed online journal. In 2011, Ashley and five Junior Girls - Katie Weidmann, Lara Brand, Briar Barry, Miriam Musco, and Julie Anne Young - collaborated on an article about Girl Museum’s origins, aims and achievements to date for Rhizomes Issue 22 (2011). As they stated,

'Girlhood', our dedicated subject, is also beyond the sphere of orthodox discourse. Either seen as unimportant or simply not seen at all, many museums would rather take a critical look at collection items containing sunsets or cats than address representations of girlhood in anything beyond a superficial manner. We exist to challenge this situation.

The article explored three facets of our work:

  • 'Becoming' - How we came into being and continue to evolve,
  • 'Girl' - defining what it means to be a 'girl' in the world, and
  • 'Museum' - how we reinterpret a traditional cultural institution to utilize new forms of digital media and become advocates for future generations.

You can read the entire article here.

CNN iReport: Girl for Sale

Check out Girl Museums's iReport promoting our 'Girl for Sale' exhibition as a part of the CNN's Freedom Project. View the video below:

 

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