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.