Girls

Girls' Body Confidence - It's Time For Politicians to Act

Heather Goult | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Goult

87% of girls aged 11-21 believe that they are judged more on their looks than their ability. It's an unbelievable figure - but you can see why girls think this way. The belief that they don't look good enough and that they are judged most on how good they look is preventing girls from putting their hands up and saying 'I can do anything I want to do'

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

Pre-Teen's 'Wedding Blog' Makes For Difficult Reading...

The Huffington Post UK | Lousie Ridley | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK

This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37. She is to be Norway’s official first child bride, according ...

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

That's What Makes You Beautiful

Rae Mullins | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.

The Evolution of an Issue - Live from the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

Payal Dalal | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

2014 marks my tenth year attending the CGI. When former US President William J. Clinton first launched the initiative back in 2005, it broke down many of the silos that existed within the development community. Policy makers, academics, and private sector leaders began to have honest discussions. Relationships began, and partnerships emerged.

Girls: A New Political Force in the UK and Abroad

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Thousands of girls - represented by Girlguiding - have entered the political fray, many for the first time. In Girls Matter, they make eight demands of politicians to put girls' interests at the heart of what they do across government. As an act of collective lobbying by a group of young women, it is unprecedented.

The Economic Pitfall of Child Marriage

Payal Dalal | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

The lesson here is that child marriage does not "only" affect fourteen million girls a year; the consequences are far reaching. Early and forced child marriage not only violates the universal declaration of human rights, but it also prevents us from having an inclusive and prosperous global economy. Something that even the most conservative economist or demanding shareholder can agree is bad news, indeed.

PE Kit Sucks So Bad It's Actually Putting Girls Off Sport

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

No one expects their PE kit to look like its been designed by Stella McCartney (if only!) but it turns out the new generation of young women are less ...

Why Are English Kids Some Of The Unhappiest In The World?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Modern advertising and social media constantly bombard children with images of what they should and should not be, and a new report has revealed conce...

Louise Ridley

Breaking Bad And Game Of Thrones Have A Lot To Answer For...

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The most popular names given to babies in England and Wales have been revealed, and some unusual names have made an appearance in the charts for the f...

How Real Is Dove's 'Real Beauty' Campaign?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Dove's Real Beauty campaign is all about championing natural beauty and body acceptance - but how 'real' are the women who appear in the adverts? T...

Ladies: What to Wear This Summer

Zahra Razavi | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

Summer is well and truly here, as well as a little sunshine, and with the new season comes a series of delectable new collections from your favourite quirky boutiques, high-street brands and upscale labels. Stuck for style this August? Check out my top summer fashion picks below...

The Truth About Single-Sex Schools

Sian Elvin | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

With the lack of boys to make us mentally edit our conversation, no topic was off-limits. Periods and sex were very openly discussed, and if you had a problem or worry you could almost always discover the solution.

10 Steps to Eliminate Your Crush's Girlfriend

Madison Taylor | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

When you like a guy and he is unavailable and already committed to some other girl, it can get really frustrating and quite disheartening. In your dizziest day-dreams, your mind can go down a slightly dark and twisty route thinking of ways to eliminate said girlfriend.

The Road to Economic Recovery: Why Girls Should Be in the Driver's Seat

Payal Dalal | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

The financial crisis in 2008 humbled many of us, as we watched banks collapse, stock markets plummet, and regulation fail. We lamented the loss of jobs, homes, and savings, yet we neglected to realise that a segment of our population was being disproportionately distressed - adolescent girls.

15 Things Going to a Girls' School Taught Me

Bethany Balkham | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bethany Balkham

Now immune to bitchiness, gossip, whispering and detestable drama queens, an education in so many subjects was not the only thing I left school with, but also an education in how to cope with life in general... whenever there's women around that is.

Video Games Underestimate Young Girls' Potential

Malin Gustavsson | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Tech
Malin Gustavsson

49% of the British gaming population are female... over 85% of all characters in games are male... Why should girls have to be passive damsels in distress, waiting to be rescued, or have to pout their way to success?

Why Women Need to Stop Producing and Start Creating

Tracey Follows | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Follows

A former boss of mine had a habit of saying 'women can't tell jokes and women can't do creative'. He was referring to creating advertising ideas, when he said this but he could have meant anything creative, even cooking. Actually, he was including cooking: 'all of the best chefs in the world are men' he would also remind us.

'Orange Is the New Black' Fans: The Men Would Like Their TV Back Please

Ellie Slee | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ellie Slee

85% of people shown on TV are men... Orange Is The New Black is awash with complicated, dynamic, intelligent female characters. In the past, if we were lucky, a TV show might have one female character who women could genuinely identify with.

Disney Princesses: Role Models or Ridiculous?

Bethany Balkham | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bethany Balkham

So it seems that Disney has moved with the times, as it is the more recent princesses that symbolise true female role models. Merida, a new princess from Brave, shows that Disney has tossed aside the snow-white, angelic style. Instead, the bushy, ginger-haired scruff ball, is a free-spirited and powerful girl...

Actors Who Make Their Own Work

Catherine Balavage | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

This American producer, director, writer and actress caused a stir with Another Earth. She was only 27 at the time. Now 30 and with 13 films under her belt. She was even on the front cover of Vanity Fair's prestigious Hollywood edition. She has written four films and directed one.

The Girls on the Bus: Solo's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Graham

I collect water, and then I prepare our breakfast. It's hard collecting water before having breakfast but we need to have water for cooking. We have rice around 7am. We go early in the morning as our parents have to do other things, they are in a hurry to go to the field or do other work.

Is Teaching Mindfulness in School a Good Idea?

Maria Senise | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Anyone look back at your tween and teen years and reminisce about how incredibly awkward and uncomfortable you felt in your own skin? Anyone, in conjunction, also realize that those quirks you felt so odd about back then have actually made you the unique person you are today? Anyone think how sad it was that you wasted all that time and energy worrying about what others thought about you? Well...I sure as hell do.

Football in Brazil: It's Different for Girls

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Sport
Beth McLoughlin

While I do think that can be true in any country in the world, Brazil is a particularly macho society and girls still get subjected to insults or ridicule just for having an interest in playing football. The FIFA World Cup presents a great opportunity for children all over the country to meet people from different cultures and experience the magic of the game.