Today marks the eighth year of International Day of the Girl, set by the United Nations to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year’s theme is “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” – and wow, did this hit the nail on the head for us! The theme seeks to celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action nearly 25 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women.
25 years…and so much to celebrate! Here at Girl Museum, we celebrate and honor girls year-round, so it felt appropriate to highlight some of the resources you can visit at our museum today.
Incredible Girls launched in 2019, during our tenth anniversary, to celebrate contemporary girls under age 25 who are doing amazing things and changing the world. Nominated by our community, these girls are changing the world through new inventions, advocacy, and overcoming challenges that sought to limit them. They inspire us and challenge us to continue forward until every girl, everywhere, is given the equal opportunity and rights she deserves.
Better Together: Girl Groups celebrates the founding and modern-day achievements of girl groups, including the Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Rainbow Girls, and Camp Fire Girls. Looking back at their founding, and tracing their development to 21st-century organizations, this exhibition features interviews with contemporary members and first-hand accounts of young women who were once part of these groups.
Sparked: Girl Entrepreneurs also celebrates contemporary girls, especially those who own businesses and are using entrepreneurship to help change the world. Placing these girls in context with historical female entrepreneurs, the exhibition features first-person stories, interviews, videos, and analysis. Notably, we loved the opportunity to interview Jasmine Burton (Founder, Wish for WASH), Megan Grassell (Founder, Yellowberry Company), and Melanie Blanding (Founder, Women in War Zones) as well as provide an in-depth look at the struggles girl entrepreneurs overcome in their quest to change the world.
Do you know a girl changing the world? We want to hear about or from her! We absolutely love interviewing girls for our blog or podcast, and providing girls with a forum to talk about their unique experiences and ambitions. Get in touch with us using this form.