A Girl in Ice Age Alaska

Life during the last Ice Age was hard. Can you imagine being a child growing up 12,000 years ago in frigid Alaska? The world was very different way back then, so I wondered what girls’ lives were like. Being born into the freezing Ice Ace climate was no easy...

A Girl in World War I Britain

Bang! Crash! Tinkle! Tinkle! It’s still pitch black outside, but I quickly get up. I grabbed my little sister, asleep in the bed beside me. We stumble out the bedroom door, quickly following Mommy down the stairs. “Hurry, hurry,” she tells us, “The Germans are...

A Girl in the Industrial Revolution

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Great Britain underwent a major social chance as new manufacturing processes (such as steam and water power and the development of machine tools) began to replace hand production methods. Almost every aspect of daily life was...

A Girl in American Slavery

Life for a slave was unsurprisingly hard. The children of slaves were born into slavery themselves, and were considered property of the master from the moment they were born, not children as part of a family. They were often sold several times throughout their life,...

A Girl in Tokugawa Japan

Many textbooks will tell you that girls in Tokugawa Japan might as well have been slaves. This is simply not true. Up until the 1980s, scholars knew very little about girls during the Tokugawa period in Japan, from 1602 to 1868. For most of this period, Japan was...

A Girl in Viking Society

As with many ancient cultures, little remains to tell us about what it was really like to be a Viking girl. We do however know that they were married between the ages of 12 and 15. Once married, they were expected to run the household, so it’s likely that their...

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