As an entirely virtual museum, our impact is spread around the world. Primarily, we impact our visitors through providing a safe virtual space for education and discussion of girl culture in the past and present. We also manage social media channels and other projects dedicated to advancing girls’ rights today, sharing stories that celebrate girls and their contributions, and empower girls to become active in documenting, preserving, and sharing their history and culture. Finally, we provide an avenue for emerging scholars and activists to contribute to our cause while developing professional skills that will help them achieve their dreams and build a better world.
Awards & Honors
- In February 2023, we were mentioned in a guest post by Alexandra Orlandi and Paul Piwko for the American Alliance of Museums blog as an example and inspiration for the National Museum of Mental Health Project, which specifically stated, “So, what if a national museum were designed instead to utilize a combination of dedicated online spaces and physical spaces owned and operated by others? Since 2018, our goal has been a distributed museum, taking inspiration from innovative voices such as Elizabeth Williams and Tracey Mitchell, of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. We also draw inspiration from online museums like Girl Museum, which gained interest for their advanced digital engagement work from traditional museums during COVID-19 shutdowns.”
- In June 2018, the American Perceptionalism blog featured us in their “Four Fabulous Blogs about Women and American Museums” post.
- Our podcast series, GirlSpeak, was mentioned in Hannah Hethmon’s Your Museum Needs a Podcast (2018) as an excellent example of how to name a podcast.
- In 2017, our blog was selected as one of the Top 50 Museum Blogs on the web by a FeedSpot panelist.
- We were featured in “Six Reasons to Visit Girl Museum,” published on Miss Heard Magazine‘s blog in March of 2016.
- We were featured in the February 2016 issue of Her Culture, in the awesome feature, “Girl Museum: The Epitome of Curated Girl Power” by Danyelle Carter.
- Our STEM Girls exhibit was featured in the Girls Action Foundation Member News.
- On February 15, 2015, GoGirlGlobal featured our Surfer Girl exhibit on their blog.
- In January 2014, we were named in the top ’30 Sites That Are Empowering Young Girls’ by FashionPlaytes.
- Our Heirloom Project was featured in the Museum Education Monitor in September 2013.
- In 2011, we were accepted into Google for NonProfits, a program that has been invaluable to our organization. Girl Museum was also a Flip Video Spotlight partner.
- Check out Girl Museums’s iReport promoting our ‘Girl for Sale’ exhibition as a part of the CNN’s Freedom Project.
- Our Hina Matsuri exhibition was featured in the Museum Education Monitor in August 2010. A big thank you to the Asia New Zealand Foundation for their assistance with the ‘Hina Matsuri/Girls’ Day’ exhibition. Also to the New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme for their generous grant towards the exhibition as well. Read more about Ashley’s research in Japan.
- Sarah M. Grimes wrote about us on her blog Gamine Expedition (February 8th, 2010).
For links to interviews and feature articles on our work, please see our Publications page.
Girl Museum is fascinating, sweet, sad, amazing, and makes you wonder and think. THANK YOU to Ashley and everyone there for making this!
In a world where women’s and girls’ empowerment are still disappointingly low, Girl Museum acts like a beacon of hope. It fosters gender equality, progress and education. Thanks Girl Museum!
Girl Museum has changed my life because it forced me to focus my attention, not towards women and their issues, but to young girls and theirs. It helped me to realize that we could help the disparity among adults and gender by starting from the beginning, by first helping the kids! Girl Museum is an inspiring resource that helps girls AND boys understand that there are more ways through life than just doing things the way they’ve always been done.
I loved history since my youth, traveling old plantations with my family. Yet, I never felt “connected” to history: the only distinct moment where I ever felt that the history I saw represented me was during a ghost story at Colonial Williamsburg. Nowhere else did I find the stories of young girls like me, and thus I grew up loving history but never knowing how I could contribute to the ‘old white guy’ tales. In 2013, I found and began volunteering with Girl Museum. My service ignited a passion for changing the dominant ‘old white guy’ narrative into one of diversity, inclusion, and representation that reflected ALL audiences – especially youth. I know that by better connecting with young girls like me, who love history but never see themselves in it, we will inspire a new generation of preservationists, advocates, and activists.
Joining the Girl Museum definitely changed my life and still inspires me. Not only it opened my eyes on the world as well as the challenges and marvels that girls can encounter, in their day to day life, but more importantly, it allowed me to dare taking a more active place in society and express my voice loudly and proudly, which as a woman, is not something always acquired unfortunately. This is why a place like the Girl Museum – that embraces and validates all the diversity and complexity that makes girlhood – is so important!
I am so grateful I have found your wonderful “Girl Museum” on the web! It is so refreshing to see a site which honors the advancement of women by helping young girls! As a feminist, I have always worked in my career to focus on how to empower women. Young girls and women need to learn ways to find sources of their own empowerment by women providing a path to help young girls to build strength with their bodies, minds, and spirits. Without this connection between young girls and women, the women’s movement will end and thus oppression will continue for all.