Encyclopedia of Girls

Biographies from the Past and Present

The Encyclopedia of Girls provides biographies of historical and contemporary girls from all cultures. Our scope begins with the very first homo sapiens and extends to the present, as a constantly evolving resource for anyone to utilize. We believe that knowledge is power – and knowing about real girls in the past and present is key to inspiring future generations of changemakers, peacemakers, and scholars.

Our encyclopedia is constantly evolving, with our current focus on documenting all the girls listed in the Sites of Girlhood project. 

If you have an entry to contribute, or have recommendations for additions to an existing entry, please email share@girlmuseum.org

Fahma Mohamed

Fahma Mohamed was born in The Netherlands in 1996 and moved to Bristol, England with her family when she was 7 years old. At school Fahma attended an after-school session that discussed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of...

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Hannah More

Born in the 1700s, Hannah More was the fourth of five daughters. Her family moved frequently due to her father’s occupation. As a result, Hannah and her sisters met a variety of people from different economic and religious backgrounds. This greatly influenced her...

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Hildegart Rodriguez Carballeira

Born on 9th December 1914 to Dona Aurora Rodriguez, Hildegart was a girl that was always going to be an achiever. Her mother was not married to her father, they met only once. Rather, as a believer in eugenics, Dona chose her partner carefully in order to ensure that...

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Jane Grey

Standing on Tower Hill in London, would you think of the girls? Hundreds of girls have likely been on this site, which dates back to Bronze Age settlements and, later, Roman villages. Yet its fame lies in violence – it is the site of public executions of high-profile...

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Josephine Baker

Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1906, Josephine Baker grew up in a diverse, low-income neighborhood. At eight years old, she began working to help support her family and by twelve years of age she dropped out of school to work full-time....

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Kimia Alizadeh

Born on July 10, 1998, Kimia Alizadeh’s family are Iranian Azerbaijani, also known as Iranian Turks. At the age of 16, Kimia burst onto the stage by winning gold in the women’s Taekwondo 63 kilogram class at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics. During the games, she...

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La Monja Dominga Gutiérrez

In Peru in the 1830s, wealthy families maintained their social prestige by placing a son in the military, a son in the seminary and a daughter in the convent. It was for that reason that the 14-year-old Dominga Gutiérrez was forced to enter the St. Teresa Convent in...

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Lady Jane Grey

The Tower of London has had many residents over its 923 year existence. From Guy Fawkes, to the Kray twins many of its residents have been political outcasts or notorious criminals. In 1554, Lady Jane Grey became resident of the tower. She was the shortest reigning...

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Laura Bridgman

Born in Hanover, New Hampshire in December 1892, Laura Bridgman was a member of a hardworking farming family. At 2 years old, she contracted scarlet fever. Two of her siblings died from the illness. Laura survived but she lost most of her senses including sight,...

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) is the author of the Little House books. The Little House series tells her story of growing up in the Midwest. As a girl, Laura journeyed across the United States in a covered wagon, moving around Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, and...

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