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...

Memories of Girlhood: The Toy Library

Like most kids, I had an almost insatiable appetite for toys as a little girl. I have clear memories of our spare room, which doubled as a playroom for me and my sister Рcompletely carpeted with scattered toys. We weren’t hung up on having the newest and...

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...

Paper and ink big sisters: teen mags

Last month, like Sugar and More before it, Bliss magazine published its last issue. I remember reading all three as a teen girl growing up in 1990s Britain. Girl’s magazines were one of those things that were incredibly important when I was growing up; I just...

Memories of Girlhood: Flute Lessons

#200213917-001 / gettyimages.com It’s a rite of passage that many of us go through as children: learning to play a musical instrument. Many parents love the idea of music lessons because they teach children the importance of discipline, of practicing and working...

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