Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Girl Museum? What goes into making the online museum that you know and love? Well look no further, because our team at Girl Museum have kindly offered to give us an insight into their lives and what they do to make the Girl Museum world go around…
Behind the scenes with the Girls of Girl Museum continues with our Associate Editor, Sage Daugherty!
How did you first get involved with Girl Museum?
I first got involved with Girl Museum in the fall of 2016 through a good friend of mine in the U.K. who had previously interned for GM. I had graduated from college a few months before and was looking for something to keep busy with while I was job hunting. I thought I would intern for 6 months, maximum, but here I am, a year and a half later and on the senior staff!
What does a normal day look like for you?
A typical day mostly involves a lot of emails and collaboration via Google Drive. Communication is a huge deal, in part because we’re a remote team made up of people from all over the world, so we really have to almost over-communicate sometimes to make sure we’re all on the same page. I have a few interns that I check in with via email or Slack, and a big part of my job is planning for upcoming blog posts and working in WordPress. What I love about Girl Museum is no day is really ever the same. I could be spending the day sending out a million emails or I could be brainstorming over Google Drive/our new organizational apps or I could be texting Tiffany like a mad woman trying to figure out whatever thing I’m working on. It’s a lot of fun to collaborate with the awesome women on the senior team, as well as all the interns, and as a plus, I’ve gotten pretty good with figuring out time zones!
As a Journalism graduate, in your opinion why is having an online museum like Girl Museum so important?
I think Girl Museum is so important because, barring any hacks (UGH) or obnoxious technical issues, we are accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. For a lot of people, and girls all over the world, money (the lack of) can be a barrier to museum access and we are free, open to anyone, and funded by generous donors and community members for which we are so grateful! As a former journalism student, one of my favorite parts of the museum is the blog and specifically for me, it’s a way to keep writing and doing what I love in the context of a museum. I mostly write about news and politics and do some book reviews; but I’ve also had the opportunity to write about and contribute to things that aren’t really in my wheelhouse, such as writing for the Classical Girls exhibition or From Dark to Light.
In addition to your Girl Museum duties, what other ventures are you currently pursuing?
In addition to Girl Museum, I have a few other things on my plate. I recently started a full time position in publishing, so I’ve been focused on settling into that role. I also am a freelance writer for a natural skincare company and I do other freelance work, so suffice it to say I’ve become even more obsessive about planning, and have excellent time management skills.
Finally, do you have a favourite blog, exhibition, or podcast? If so what, and why?
My favorite exhibition would have to be Classical Girls, because I think that was the very first exhibition I contributed to. It was very cool to be a part of, and I loved writing the profile on Hypatia, who I didn’t know about prior to the exhibition. I’m lowkey obsessed with my colleague Devon Allen’s Myth Girls column — I think it’s so fascinating, and again, not an area I know too much about, so I love reading her columns every other week. I honestly don’t listen to that many podcasts, but for GirlSpeak, I did listen to Girls in Revolutions a while back and thought it was fantastic!
Stay tuned for our next interview with our newest staffer, contributing writer Michelle O’Brien!
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