Great Girls

Great Girls

By Girl Museum
Great Girls highlights the monuments, memorials, landscapes, and historic sites that reveal the unique history of girlhood around the world. Every site comes from Girl Museum's "Sites of Girlhood" project, an ongoing digital map to document girl history.
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Catherine Howard
Was Catherine a willing or unwilling participant in her affairs? The evidence points to somewhat willing - though whether a thirteen year old girl, under wardship and surrounded by young men, could truly be willing is up for debate. Here is her story, a tragic tale of youth gone wrong.
08:32
July 8, 2020
Anne Frank House
This episode discusses one of the most famous girls in recent history - Anne Frank, and the house she lived in during World War II. Today, the Secret Annex is part of the Anne Frank House museum, which opened in 1960 as a place to discover Anne’s story and discuss the dangers of discrimination, racism, and hatred of Jews.
12:31
July 1, 2020
Lady Jane Grey
Standing on Tower Hill in London, would you think of the girls? Hundreds of girls have likely been on this site, which dates back to Bronze Age settlements and, later, Roman villages. Yet its fame lies in violence - it is the site of public executions of high-profile traitors and criminals throughout Britain’s long reign. It’s victims include Sir Thomas More, George Boleyn, and his infamous sister Anne Boleyn. Yet in the lists of those executed, the majority are men. Why? British tradition holds that executions of women were private affairs, carried out behind the closed doors of the Tower of London. This was the case for Anne Boleyn and her successor, Catherine Howard. It was also, potentially, the case for today’s girl - Lady Jane Grey. Read the script here. Image for this episode is The Streatham Portrait of Lady Jane Grey, discovered in the early 21st century and believed to be a copy of a 1590s painting of Jane. Artist unknown.
32:29
June 24, 2020
Menstruation Huts, Nepal
Nepal is one of several countries that still practices the building and use of Menstruation Huts. Though varied in location, we felt including the Menstruation Huts of Nepal on Sites of Girlhood was vital - demonstrating that centuries-old harmful practices still exist, and the locations on which they rest are both active sites and, at times, hallowed ground. Girls have died while using menstruation huts, due to the rigorous social customs that must be followed during menstruation. Whatever the reason, these huts are becoming synonymous in the Western world with gender discrimination and - to some - gender-based violence. Read the script here.
08:48
June 17, 2020
Steilneset Memorial
The memorial commemorates a time in Vardo’s history when witches were not only persecuted--they were considered to be capable of witchcraft even very young. It was a period of numerous trials, including several on children, noting a new ideology in beliefs about witchcraft that saw its traditional victims--children--become advocates of the Devil. The year was 1621--the same year the Pilgrims sailed for America--and by its end, ninety-one people would die. Read the script here.
19:41
June 10, 2020
St. Eulalia
According to Catholic tradition, Eulalia was a martyr during the early days of Christianity, when Barcelona was still a Roman city. Her body is entombed in the cathedral’s crypt, which was constructed over the site of a former Visigoth chapel and later Romanesque cathedral, both of which were damaged in attacks. Also, in her honor, thirteen white geese are kept in the cathedral’s Gothic cloister. So why is she here and honored with white geese? Click here to read the script.
11:36
June 9, 2020
Sites of Girlhood
What is Great Girls and its parent project, Sites of Girlhood? Listen in to find out! Click here to read the script.
13:04
June 8, 2020