Want to support girls in your community?
Beyond sharing our exhibitions and educational activities, you can get involved with a variety of organizations that support girls on the ground. Explore the organizations, museums, and podcasts that support girls as well as those related to the field of girlhood studies.
Beyond your own family, getting involved with a local organization is the best way to start change that you can see.
A Mighty Girl provides lists of books, toys, and movies as well as resources for parents on raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.
Career Girls showcases video clips of diverse female role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls.
Chick History tells the stories of women’s roles and contributions to history.
Feministing provides a diverse collection of writers who cover a broad range of inter-sectional feminist issues, and a community where women of all ages can contribute to the conversation.
Girls Inc Online promotes positivity and empowerment through an online community of girls that support each other. Girls can share goals and view articles and videos that help them envision a future without limits.
Girl Start provides resources for parents and educators of girls interested in Science, Engineering, Technology or Math.
Girl Talk is an organization that provides middle school students with high school mentors. Their website feats resources for parents and educators, and showcases different campaigns that help with communication.
Girl Up, an adolescent girl campaign by the United Nations foundation, empowers girls to be leaders in their communities and engages them to take action to create social change.
Girls Who Code addresses the gender gap in computing and technology through after school clubs and summer programs for middle and high school girls.
HerAgenda is a blog by women, for women. It features articles on issues women face, profiles the agendas of successful women, and provides activities for career women in the United States and Canada.
Rookie Mag is an online magazine created by Tavi Gevinson that features content created and submitted by teenage girls around the world.
SheHeroes features online content and videos that help girls envision their own potential with inspiring stories about real-life, successful female role models across all fields.
The Center for Young Women’s Health provides girls with general, sexual, and emotional health information, guides, and resources they may otherwise be too embarrassed to ask about or unsure of where to find appropriate resources.
Toward the Stars is a marketplace featuring products that inspire and enable girls to reach for the stars. They focus on products that upend gender stereotypes, are gender neutral, are environmentally friendly, or support communities.
Museums and Exhibitions
- The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York
- Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Sudbury’s Nostalgic Museum of Childhood in Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
- Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London
- Museum of Childhood, Capetown, South Africa
- ECU Museum of Childhood Collection, Australia
- Parramatta Female Factory Precinct National Heritage Site, Australia
- Explora IL Museo Dei Bambini Di Roma in Rome, Italy
- MUBA Museo dei Bambini di Milano in Milano, Italy
- War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central and South America
- Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City, Mexico
Know of a museum we should add to this list? E-mail us!
Teen Screen Feminism
Run by Dr. Athena Bellas of the University of Melbourne, this podcast series explores feminism, popular film and television, and girlhood. We highly recommend checking out two podcasts which featured Junior Girl Emily Chandler:
- Monstrous Girls on the Teen Screen (Oct. 2016) explored representations of girls in horror films; and
- Queer Girls Onscreen: A Conversation with Emily Chandler (June 2016) explored how queer girls are represented in popular media, from tropes and subtext to current developments.
Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge runs this bi-weekly podcast dedicated to overlooked, unknown, and exciting stories from the footnotes of history. Find past episodes and subscribe on iTunes, or visit their website. Her episodes include the stories of:
- 15-year-old Evelyn Nesbit and the Crime of the Century.
- What happened to Josephine after Emperor Napoleon divorced her.
- The “Sister Queen” of Elizabeth I and her sad end.
- Kate Marsden, who traversed thousands of miles to ameliorate the lot of lepers.
- The week in an insane asylum that changed mental health in America forever.
- Sichelgaita of Salerno, who turned the tide of battle at Dyrrachium.
- Mary Buckland, a silent contributor to science and geology.
- A sixth-century Gepid princess.
- The exciting (and little known) tale of adventuress Katchen Paulus.
- A swashbuckling seventeenth-century opera singer.
- Joanna I of Naples, who remains one of the most controversial women in history.
Recounting the extraordinary stories of ordinary life, this podcast invites people to report on their own lives and histories. The series has won every major award in broadcast journalism and has been a mainstay on public radio since 1996. Many of their episodes feature the stories of girls and women. Subscribe on iTunes or visit their website.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey co-host this podcast series by HowStuffWorks.com, which explores various histories from around the world. Episodes range from ancient queens to episodes from well-known time periods and major cultures in history. Subscribe on iTunes or visit their website.
The History Chicks
Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider produce and narrate hour-long episodes that explore female characters in history, both factual and fictional. They look at the challenges, failures and successes, times, and juicy tidbits about women’s lives while giving listeners avenues to continue exploring on their own. Subscribe on their website.
Girlhood Studies Organizations and Publications
- Association for Research in Cultures of Young People
- International Girl Studies Association
- Society for the History of Children and Youth