By Girl Museum
Episodes are narrated by members of Girl Museum, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girlhood. Hosted by Ashley E. Remer and Tiffany R. Isselhardt.
GirlSpeakAug 20, 2023
Fashion and Emancipation with Women's Museum Merano
Judith Mittelberger of Frauen Museum (Women's Museum Merano) joins Ashley to discuss their work in preserving and interpreting fashion of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, especially for teenaged girls. Judith and Ashley dive deep into a recent museum workshop for teenage girls called "Can I really wear what I want?" that invited participants to discuss women's fashion as a tool for oppression and revolution by looking first-hand at historical costumes.
Trans across Time
Women in Protest Art with Bosla Arts
What does it mean to look at art with a female gaze? What is the role of women in art today, especially protest art? Join special guest Georgia Beeston, co-founder of Bosla Arts, who discusses these questions with Contemporary Art Curator Scarlett Evans.
Bosla Arts is a new platform to support and demonstrate the work of artists worldwide facing persecution and confronting oppressive forces. They publish artistic catalogs and The Art Persists Podcast, while also sponsoring an Artist Residency focused on providing at-risk artists with temporary relief and the opportunity to develop their practice within London’s vibrant creative community. Learn more at boslaarts.com
In this episode, Ashley interviews Dr. Melissa Nolas about The Children’s Photography Archive, a project that collects photographs by children. They discuss the challenges of such an endeavor and the issues around children as artists, including consent and locating the objects in our cultures that are usually thought unimportant. Learn more about the Children's Photography Archive here, and visit our exhibition, Female Gaze, here.
Day of the Girl 2022
Talking about Shopping Addiction
In this episode we are going to explore shopping addiction from a psychological lens. Specifically, how our addiction to fast fashion, the modern world, and gender all play major roles in how we interact with and consume fashion.
TRIGGER WARNING: Before we dive into this podcast episode we want to give a quick trigger warning for the following topics: addiction, addictive behavior, and addictive substances. While this episode focuses on the complexities of shopping addictions, there will be other addiction related topics discussed. If any of these topics are at all triggering to you, please look after yourself and hold off from listening to this episode.
Teen Fashions of the 1950s-1960s
In this episode, we will be looking at the new, different, and exciting range of teenage fashions in the 1950s and 1960s. This was a particularly exciting period for teenagers, as they began to break away from their parents’ generation to develop their own distinct style and interests. Vogue stated that there was a “Youthquake” in the sixties, due to the overwhelming popularity of revolutionary new styles and trends brought in by teenagers. But why did the concept of the teenager develop? What changes were happening in society that brought about these changes in fashion? What were the most iconic clothes and why were they so popular?
Girls in Creation Myths: Pandora
What do you know about the Greek myth of Pandora's box? In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first girl to be created. Her portrayal can tell us about how girls were viewed and treated in ancient Greek society. This podcast will explore Pandora's portrayal and her influence on girls in later popular culture, in order to understand why girls are so often taught to not be curious or ambitious.
Wild girls: Artemis and the Festival of Arkteia
Why are girls discouraged from being wild, free and playful when they grow up? Can we ever regain this wildness? This podcast looks at the Festival of Arkteia in Ancient Greece, in order to explore where this idea of purging wildness in girls comes from.
Honoring Nellie Bly
This month marks 100 years since the death of Nellie Bly. Remembered for her investigative journalism, most do not realize that Nellie was a *girl* when she began her remarkable career. We investigate.
Girl Powered Holidays
Remembering Babi Yar
The Fox Sisters
IDG 2021: Logging Off with Fabiana Romain
In this special episode for International Day of the Girl, Yuwen talks with Fabiana Romain, the LOG OFF movement’s podcast co-host and director of its Female Empowerment initiative. Learn about the beginnings of LOG OFF and Fabiana's insights into social media use during the pandemic and in light of recent news, such as the revelation of studies from Facebook showing that Instagram is harmful for teenage girls.
Sitting Still with Dido Belle
Virginia, don't you Dare
Do you know Virginia Dare?
We know very little of the Roanoke Colony and its infamous infant, Virginia. Yet her story echoes themes in American history – perhaps even the history of European colonization as a whole – that we still debate today. While I recount her story in Exploring American Girlhood in 50 Historic Treasures, there was so much more I wanted to discuss. The self-made man, women’s roles, and non-English colonies are all themes in her story.
Defining Girls & Girlhood
Martyr of Baha’i: Mona Mahmudzidhad
Black Girls Lives Matter
Strong, Fearless, Magical
Placing Girls in Women's History
How old was Pocahontas?
In Disney’s movie version, she’s a young unmarried woman - fully developed, falling in love with the adventurous hero John Smith, later marrying the wholesome John Rolfe.
In her statue at Jamestown, she’s also depicted as a grown woman - perhaps youthful, but certainly past puberty.
They both got it really, really wrong.
Join Tiffany to explore Pocahontas's real story, as told in Exploring American Girlhood in 50 Historic Treasures, now available at your local bookstore or Amazon.com
More than Pretty in the Ancient World
Our new exhibit 'More than Pretty: Girls and Body Decoration' is now live! Here we explore the history of body decoration the Ancient world and how girls who lived during this period would decorate themselves from the neck up.
First American Girls
Who do you think of when I say “First American Girls”? Is it the founding mothers like Abigail Adams and Martha Washington? They’re too old...and too far ahead in the American story. Is it the girls of Salem, Massachusetts, or the Pilgrim girls who came from England? Right age this time...but still a bit too late in the story.
In fact, our story goes back thousands of years - to the first girls inhabiting the American continents. Back then, the land wasn’t called “America” - in fact, we don’t know what it was called other than, perhaps, a word meaning “home.” It is these journeys - these searches for home - that are the first topic addressed in the upcoming book, Exploring American Girlhood through 50 Historic Treasures. Co-authored by myself and our Head Girl, Ashley Remer, the book explores fifty artifacts and historic sites that reveal American history from an entirely new perspective...that of girls.
Decora and Gothic Lolita Fashion with Kurebayashi and Rei
Dr. Megan C. Rose talks with guests Kurebayashi and Rei about decora and gothic lolita fashion in Harajuku. From discussing the rise of these fashions as distinct Japanese social phenomena to building a cafe that appeals to decora and gothic lolita audiences, our guests provide unique insights into these subcultures and how girls participate within them.
Dr. Megan C. Rose is an Adjunct Associate Lectuerer in Sociology and Social Science and Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her research explores the value of creativity, cute theory, critical femininities and inclusion. She is currently investigating the experiences of kawaii and gothic alternative communities in Japan, as well as marginalised groups in the Australian Higher Education system. Megan is currently developing a new portfolio of postdoctoral research that involves collaboration and co-authorship with stakeholders in kawaii and gothic alternative communities, as well as a study of feminist activism that uses kawaii imagery to mobilize political actors.
Haruka Kurebayashi is an internationally known model and mentor for Decora-chan girls via her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Originally from Shizuoka prefecture, Kurebayashi launched her brand 90884 in 2013 and is a frequent model for fashion magazine KERA.
Rei Saionji is a Tokyo native and explorer of Japanese culture and tradition. She is the author of 2 Hours Drive from Tokyo.
Female Goddesses of Chinese Mythology
In today's episode, our junior girl Seav Lov recounts the fascinating stories of females goddesses present in Chinese mythology.
What do the Pendle Witch Trials, Wurzburg witch trials, and today's Democratic Republic of Congo have in common? Join us to explore the stories of girl witches...and how their circumstances reveal much about how we picture girlhood.
A Brave New World: COVID-19 and Life Afterwards
Tia Shah presents a special episode for International Day of the Girl 2020, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it presents an opportunity to foster a "brave new world."
Greta Garbo's Girlhood
What role did Greta Garbo's girlhood in Stockholm play in her life and career? In exploring Greta's biography, Tiffany reveals the secret power of introverts.
Young Girls in Advanced Education
Is there one way or a right way to learn? Education Adviser Hillary Rose explores the stories of young girls achieving advanced educations to answer our inquiry.
First Girls: Recent Administrations
In the second of our First Girls mini-series, Sophie looks at more recent 'First Girls', up to the present day. From Helen Taft to Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, these girls' stories illustrate how the role has changed in recent decades and prompt questions about sexism, racism and the future of girls in politics.
First Girls: The Early Administrations
Sophie takes a look back into the history of girls in the White House. Discussing how the role of 'First Girl' developed, this episode spans from Nelly Parke Custis through to Alice and Ethel Roosevelt.
Why Museums Need Girlhood
Why do museums need girlhood? We reflect on an earlier episode and hear answers from our team.
In response to the global COVID pandemic, we're sending our well wishes, top tips, and thoughts on how acting together - and supporting one another - will help us emerge into a brighter future. Tune in to hear contributions from our Junior Girls around the world.
Young Suffrage: Mothers, Girls, and Growing Up Activists
Karen Robertson details her research into the mother-daughter pairs who advocated for women's suffrage. Identifying a common theme of "focusing on future generations" in suffrage work, Karen details the mothers who fought for their daughters' rights - even if it meant they would not live to see those dreams fulfilled.
Karen is a museum professional in the United States, who has spent the past years preparing for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. She has spent time working with modern activists and researching historic activists.
20 Minutes with Lisa Lamson
Top 5 Incredible Girls of 2019
Ashley explores one of our earliest exhibitions and discusses what it means for girls who are canonized as saints.
Across Time and Space
Changes in Girl Entrepreneurship
Tia Shah explores what infographic statistics can tell us about female entrepreneurship, what changes we have seen, and what changes we might see in the future. She also provides suggestions on what governments, business, existing entrepreneurs, the venture capital industry, and the media can do to better support future girl entrepreneurs.
Struggles of Girl Entrepreneurs
Being an entrepreneur is not easy and being a female one is even harder. Historically and in the current day, female entrepreneurs face many challenges to starting and sustaining businesses. Not only do female entrepreneurs have to face inequality, limited access to education, familial pressure, sexism and more in many patriarchal societies– but women also have to tackle funding biases’, a lack of role models and supportive networks in the business world as well. Despite these challenges, female entrepreneurs can and are emerging, and their ranks are growing each day.
Tia Shah explores the many struggles that girl entrepreneurs have historically had to overcome, and the ones that they currently face – seeing how a changing environment and world has eliminated some challenges while perpetuating others.
Vaginas, Museums, and Empowerment with Florence Schechter
Interview with Florence Schechter, science communicator and founder of The Vagina Museum. Here, Head of Contemporary Art Scarlett Evans speaks with Florence about the museum's mission to empower and educate people about one of the most controversial parts of the body.
Girl Queens of Luxembourg Gardens
IGSA Conference Report
Hillary, Libby, and Tiffany reflect on their experiences at the International Girl Studies Association at Notre Dame conference.
10 Years Later: Defining Our Terms
Girl Child in India: Girls and Food
In this podcast, Tia Shah explores the power of food in Indian culture. As she states, "Our personal, political, commercial, socio-cultural and psychological relationship with food reflects how we see ourselves; our roles in society and the home, and also how we see others and their roles. Food can crucially be used to define and bolster gender roles, but I will also explore how food can be used to resist oppression and to demonstrate conflict. In particular, I want to talk about how the preparation, serving and eating of food is linked to women and specific gender roles in India. My interest in this topic has sprung from my research for Girl Museum’s Girl Child of India exhibition. This new exhibition is all about what is like being a girl in India "
Girl for Sale Revisited
In 2011, we launched Girl for Sale, an exhibition about art, poetry and multimedia on the topic of human trafficking. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we revisit the exhibition and focus in on what has changed since its publication, particularly in terms of girls being trafficked for underage marriage.