Sites of Girlhood
Sites of Girlhood is a large scale global project to put girls “on the map.” Girls around the world have been part participants and, at times, victims to some of the greatest moments in history. Their stories are more important than ever, shedding new light on our history while giving us a unique view of our hometowns and home countries.
This collaborative project is an opportunity for both a celebration of girls in history as well as establishing sites of memory in their honor. Through virtual recognition and the resources produced for this project, we will advocate for greater recognition and inclusion of girls in our historic sites and monuments. Sites of Girlhood is a combination of researched and crowd-sourced content from around the world.
This project is continually evolving. Every quarter, we will update the map with new sites, submitted by people like you and researched by our team. We are also producing the Great Girls podcast series, educational activities, publications, and exhibitions that promote scholarship and exploration of the world through the eyes of girls. If you have an idea for a Sites-related project, please contact us!
Great Girls podcast
In June 2020, Girl Museum launched Great Girls, a seasonal podcast that explores specific themes or regions where sites are located, showcasing how girls’ stories are cross-cultural and universal in nature. Scripts are provided via linked blog posts, which can be accessed in the episode’s description or by clicking here.
The Great Girls podcast is availble on (click link to access):
Click the links below to download educational activities that help students explore and understand Sites of Girlhood. All activities are linked to US and UK educational standards.
Coming Soon: Grades 9-12 Educational Guide
Exploring American Girlhood through 50 American Treasures
by Ashley E. Remer and Tiffany R. Isselhardt
Who are the girls that helped build America? Read this book to find out.
Conventional history books shed little light on the influence and impact of girls’ contributions to society and culture. This oversight is challenged by Girl Museum and their team, who give voices to the most neglected, yet profoundly impactful, historical narratives of American history: young girls.
Exploring American Girls’ History through 50 Historic Treasures showcases girls and their experiences through the lens of place and material culture. Discover how the objects and sites that girls left behind tell stories about America that you have never heard before. Readers will journey from the first peoples who called the continent home, to 21st century struggles for civil rights, becoming immersed in stories that show how the local impacts the global and vice versa, as told by the girls who built America. Their stories, dreams, struggles, and triumphs are the centerpiece of the nation’s story as never before, helping to define both the struggle and meaning of being “American.”
Click here to learn more about the book and preorder.
Click on a pin to view the site and learn about its importance to girlhood.
In the upper left, click the box to view all sites in a list.
In the upper right, click the ‘share’ button to share the map with your friends! The more people know about girls’ sites, the more we will remember and honor their contributions and roles in our history.
Suggest a Site / Girl
Click the button to fill out a Sites of Girlhood Nomination Form. Our team will review your suggestion and, if approved, add it to our next map update. Thank you!
Discover the Girls
Every site in our map will aim to have a blog post that reflects on the story of the girl(s) and their importance in history. Below, view the blogs we have published so far. Want to contribute? Consider volunteering with us to write about sites of girlhood!
Ria Smith explores a chilling site of girlhood and memory, commemorating one of the worst witch hunts in history.
Not only was it the site of Elizabeth’s coronation, but it is her final resting place. Elizabeth’s tomb is in the Henry VII Chapel. After her death, James I built her a tomb. She rests with her half-sister Mary I. Although divided by religion in life, these powerful queens will forever be remembered in Westminster Abbey.
Although her husband was notorious for his many affairs, Catherine paid the ultimate price for living what may have seemed to her a young and carefree life. Catherine Howard’s short life exemplifies the double standards girls face throughout history