October 14, 2017
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.
September 20, 2017
Devon explores the complex world of female deities in Egyptian mythology. In Part 2, discover Ma’at, Mut, Nephthys and Taweret.
August 15, 2017
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.
July 22, 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.
June 30, 2017
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.
June 15, 2017
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.
May 27, 2017
What was life like for a girl in Ancient China? Join Devon Allen to explore girls' lives during the Shang and Zhou dynasties, which reigned from 1675 to 256 BCE.
May 15, 2017
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.
April 30, 2017
Devon explores the complex world of female deities in Egyptian mythology. In Part 1, discover Sekhmet, Isis, Hathor and Wadjet.
April 15, 2017
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.
March 31, 2017
What can memoirs tell us about girlhood? Find out in this in-depth look at the lives of a girl in Nazi Germany, Hollywood, and Pentacostal Christiantiy.
Researched and written by Emily Chandler, Junior Girl.
March 11, 2017
Tiffany explores the history of International Women's Day, what you can do to celebrate, and how Girl Museum participates with the #5WomenArtists campaign.
February 28, 2017
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!
February 15, 2017
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.
January 30, 2017
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.
January 14, 2017
Join us to explore the life and works of children's author Jacqueline Wilson, as told by one of her biggest fans - Junior Girl Emily Chandler!
December 31, 2016
It's our last news roundup podcast ever! Tune in for exciting announcements on where girl news is going, and a roundup of the latest stories on girls from around the world.
December 15, 2016
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.
November 27, 2016
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
November 12, 2016
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.
October 30, 2016
Join us for the latest girl-related news from around the world, including a special announcement about our latest fundraiser and how you can get these limited edition Girl Power shirts!
October 10, 2016
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.
September 30, 2016
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.
September 16, 2016
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.
August 30, 2016
We round up the latest girl-related news for the month of August, including:
- firsts for women at the 2016 Olympics;
- updates on child marriage laws and incidents;
- discussions of the Burkini Ban in France; and
- incredible girls impacting their communities.
August 15, 2016
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!
July 31, 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.
July 10, 2016
Journey with us to World War II to discover the lives - and heartbreak - of the Kindertransport. Full script included below.
June 28, 2016
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.
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June 15, 2016
Uncover the ancient secrets of three incredible queens: Amanirenas, queen of the Kush who led a successfull rebellion against the Romans in Egypt; Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, whose fascination with snakes would drive the course of history; and Hatshepsut, the longest-reigning female pharoah of Ancient Egypt, whose success was so great that she remains throughout Egypt despite attempts to erase her from the historical record...and whose accomplishments were so prolific that every major museum in the world has something she built.
May 29, 2016
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.
May 15, 2016
Celebrate International Museums Day 2016 with us as we journey around the world to uncover the cultural landscapes of girlhood.
What sites speak to the stories of girls throughout time? What memorials do we pass by every day without realizing their voices are calling out to us?
Join us as we discover their stories - and invite you to help us discover more.
April 29, 2016
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news from around the globe, including several incredible girls making waves in journalism and business!
April 21, 2016
Helena Wallace explores how the punk movement challenged society, changing the experience in music, culture, and art for an entire generation of girls.
April 1, 2016
March was an INCREDIBLE month for girls around the world! Discover all the great legislative strides, new programs, and incredible girls who made this year's Women's History Month awesome.
March 11, 2016
How were the lives of German, Italian, and Japanese girls affected by World War II?
What new opportunities - and threats - became part of their everyday existence?
And what was life like for the most persecuted girls - the Jews?
Join Mary Horrell to discover the stories of girls on the Axis side of World War II.
March 4, 2016
How were the lives of British, American, French, and Soviet girls affected by World War II?
What new opportunities - and threats - became part of their everyday existence?
Join Mary Horrell on a journey through the lives of girls on the Allied side of the war.
February 28, 2016
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.
February 12, 2016
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
January 30, 2016
The latest global development concerning girls, including:
-- New reports on girls health & wellness;
-- Laws that will benefit girls in the US & Zimbabwe;
-- Winds for girls, including new apps + comics; and
-- The incredible girls of January, including record-breaking rock climbers, inventors, and change-makers who are proving that girls are the key to a better, brighter future.
Also a special reading of "Dear future me" by Nirosha Balakumar for Because I am a Girl blog.
January 15, 2016
In celebration of our 50th episode, we look at how girls and girlhood have evolved through history -- from our prehistoric roots to modern-day movements.
December 31, 2015
A short news roundup to end 2015 -- with lots of positive news for girls around the world!
December 11, 2015
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.
November 29, 2015
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.
November 12, 2015
Hillary Hanel discusses our latest exhibit, STEAM Girls. She talks about inspiring women who combine STEM with the Arts, and her own experiences of STEAM in daily life.
October 30, 2015
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.
October 11, 2015
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.
October 7, 2015
Tiffany rounds up the latest girl-related news from September, including a lot of amazing hashtag campaigns and news about the Global Goals, education, and incredible girls around the world.
September 10, 2015
In celebration of a very special milestone, Tiffany explores the lives of England's incredible queens: Boudicca, Matilda of Scotland, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Philippa of Hainault, Elizabeth I, and Victoria.
August 29, 2015
Gaming, STEM, education, new laws, and updates on the Chibok girls are featured in this month's News Roundup. There's also the amazing stories of incredible girls working to make our world a better place, set new records, and reveal hidden histories.