This year marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution of 1917. A lot has happened since the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, and girls have been there through every change along the way. Join our Educator Advisor, Hillary Hanel, to explore the girlhood experiences of Zoya Smirnova, Nelly Ptashkina, and Regina Pachter.
Happy belated International Day of the Girl Child! This holiday, celebrated every year on October 11, focuses on galvanizing worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for girls to show leadership and reach their full potential. Around the world, groups came together to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance the rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.
Here at Girl Museum headquarters, we have long used International Day of the Girl to highlight an issue that many of us find integral to advancing girls’ rights: how girls are represented in museums. Throughout the years, we’ve found that some museums get it right - and others get it painfully wrong. For too long, girls have been the silent subjects of artworks - shown throughout museums yet never present in their own right. Their stories have been sidelined by technical art history or discussions of how the artists portraying them impacted history. Including girls’ voices - not just as subjects of museum displays, but as active agents and storytellers - is integral to ensuring that this key part of our history is represented, understood, and used to advocate for a better world.
So, today, our podcast will feature many of our Junior Girls and staff, who have visited museums around the world in order to take an in-depth look at how girls are represented in museums. In so doing, we hope to encourage museums - and their audiences - to reexamine the girls in their collections, so that girls and their stories - the good and the bad, the triumphant and the tragic - can finally take their rightful place in our heritage.
Museums we review include:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park
Kentucky Museum at WKU
Abbey House Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood
Presented by Devon Allen, Sage Daughtery, Ashley Remer, Tiffany Rhoades, and Chloe Turner.
How did the Classical world view the female body? Join Lucy Bickley to explore the philosophical and real world examples of how girls and women could - or could not - control their bodies, and how this led to their status in Classical society.
Researched, written, and recorded by Lucy Bickley. Featured in our exhibition, Classical Girls, launching September 2017.
Do you know the tale of the "stolen girls" of the Civil Rights Movement? Join Emily Chandler to explore the story of the Leesburg Stockade, an event in the history of the African-American civil rights movement in which a group of girls, aged eleven to fifteen, were abducted by the police and unlawfully imprisoned in a condemned stockade for taking part in a peaceful protest. The girls were subjected to inhumane conditions and unable to contact their families for rescue. Yet their courage and tenacity helped them to navigate this life-changing experience. Many of the stolen girls, still alive today, are dedicated to making the world a better and fairer place for African-American people.
Researched, written, and recorded by Emily Chandler.
Discover three of the most powerful figures in Greek mythology: Medusa, Hera, and Themis. All three wielded considerable power over the gods and mortals...as told by the myths they left behind.
Researched, written, and recorded by Junior Girl Devon Allen.
Think Anne Bonny, Mary Reed, Grace O'Malley were awesome? Wait until you hear about Ching Shih, the female Chinese pirate who rose from the lowliest class to become the fiercest (and most successful) pirate ever. This is her story.
Researched, written, and recorded by Emily Chandler.
From convict to business mogul, uncover the life and times of Mary Haydock Reibey, a Lancashire girl who, in 1791, was arrested for stealing a horse and sent to a penal colony in Australia. Against the odds, this tough and intelligent teenager not only survived two squalid and violent English prisons and the dangerous sea voyage to Australia, but rose to become one of Australia’s first entrepreneurs.
What was life like for a girl in ancient Mesopotamia? Journey with us to discover the lives of girls during the Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian periods in celebration of our latest exhibition, Ancient Girls.
Who said, "I hate silence, when it is time to speak"? The answer awaits in our latest podcast, which delves into the lives of six incredible women in music history. These women didn't just make awesome music - they proved that women could do anything and left a lasting influence on our musical heritage. #ShePersisted barely scratches the surface when talking about these women!
Emily Chandler explores how women and girls are represented in Bollywood musicals. She also talks with girls who are part of the Indian diaspora, shedding light on how Bollywood influences real life girls and women.
Chelsea and Tiffany take an in depth look at six women who greatly impacted the fields of astronomy and space exploration. Join them to discover how women paved the way for some of the greatest discoveries and achievements of the twentieth century.
It's sneak peek time! Discover three amazing stories upcoming in our first exhibition of 2017 - 52. 52 explores fifty-two objects from museum collections that showcase unique stories about what it has meant - and still means - to be a girl.
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl news from around the globe, including:
- What the US elections mean for women;
- New campaigns to combat gender-based violence;
- First steps for female senators, CoverGirls, and others;
- New inventions that could radic
Join Sarah Raine to discover the tales of Warrior Women from history, myth, and religion as we celebrate the launch of our latest exhibit, Warrior Princess. Sarah also discusses the importance of storytelling, and how these stories influence girls today.
Join our Junior Girls to explore how girls are represented in museums across Europe and the United States, in celebration of International Day of the Girl 2016. Museums reviewed include the Confluence Museum, Hands on History in Hull, The British Museum, Georgian House in Edinburgh, Museo Picasso, the Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
Join us as we round up the latest girl-related news for the month of September. Stories include updates on #BringBackOurGirls, new legislation on women's rights, details on the rise of acid attacks against young girls, the Kung Fu nuns, and many incredible girls making strides in STEM and various competitions.
Celebrate the launch of our latest exhibit, Gazed and Confused, with a special look at the stories behind five of the most influential and ground-breaking female artists of all time. Join us to discover the stories of Guan Daosheng, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Mary Cassatt, and Rosa Bonheur.
What do Cleopatra, Sailor Moon, Eowyn, Buffy, and Wonder Woman have in common? Find out as we explore the lives and legacies of these incredible pop culture heroines...and give you a sneak peek at our final exhibition for 2016!
Tiffany Rhoades rounds up the latest girl news from around the globe. This month, many major legal reforms have positively impacted girls and girls' rights in the US, UK, Gambia, and Tanzania. Additionally, new programs continue to advance girls' welfare in Morocco, and we cover the outcry over the recent murder of young Qandeel Baloch in Pakistan.
Journey with us to World War II to discover the lives - and heartbreak - of the Kindertransport. Full script included below.
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news from around the globe. Discussions on the United State of Women, Education Cannot Wait fund, a new female artist at the Met, ISIS's ongoing genocide, FGM, child marriage, and several amazing protests in support of women and girls. See below for full show notes.
We're rounding up the latest girl-related news for the month of May, including an awesome new contest from our friends at Global Girl Media! Learn the violence, progress, and incredible things affecting girls around the world and how you can help.
Celebrate International Museums Day 2016 with us as we journey around the world to uncover the cultural landscapes of girlhood.
How were the lives of German, Italian, and Japanese girls affected by World War II?
How were the lives of British, American, French, and Soviet girls affected by World War II?
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news from around the globe for the month of February. Learn about the gains and losses for girls, as well as hashtag movements that you can become involved in to advance women's and girls' rights.
Erin Sykes takes us on a celebration of women who have, throughout history, taken part in what might be termed revolution -- any social or political action to bring about change. She journeys through 16 stories of revolutionaries who have brought about positive change through their accomplishments. Explore the lives of:
- Susan B. Anthony
- Harriet Tubman
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Nadezhda Krupskaya
- Margaret Sanger
- Golda Meir
- Rosa Parks
- Lakshmi Sagal
- Sophie Scholl
- Vilma Espin
- Corazon Aquino
- Aung San Suu Kyi
- Efua Dorkenoo
- Chimamanda Negozi Adichie
- Malala Yousafzai
We continue our look at incredible queens with three queens all named Matilda -- and all related to one another! Join us as we explore the lives of Matilda of Flanders, Matilda of Boulogne, and the Empress Matilda.
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news, including lots of great advancements for girls rights, hashtag campaigns, and her own opinions on the terrorist attacks of November and how they relate to girls and women.
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news from around the world. Stories include the new study Girls Speak Out, incredible girls standing up for their rights, and harrowing tales of the violation of girls rights that show us we still have work to do.
For IDG2015, four of our new UK-based Junior Girls took to the museums to analyze how girls are represented -- or not represented (!) -- in museums. Join them on a journey into UK museums...and the girls who reside there.