All of our favourite female movie speeches for your viewing pleasure

In the old days, girls were secondary characters in movies, one dimensional, superficial, sappy, weak and reliant on men to save them. Those days are over, and now we see a whole array of women and girls, who are girlie but strong, romantic but realistic, who fall in love easily while remaining fiercely independent. For

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Know any awesome girls?

Okay, so all girls are awesome, but do you know any REALLY awesome girls? At Shona, we want to celebrate the achievements of girls all over Ireland, so tell us! There are lots of girls out there who are doing amazing things, writing books, making music, creating change, leading and inspiring others. There are also

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Guest Post: Why what I wear doesn’t mean I’m ‘Asking for it’.

Ellen Sheehan is a transition year student in Eureka Secondary School, in Kells County Meath, Ireland. She wrote this piece on her blog about how people react to the clothes we wear. Please follow Ella’s blog at https://unspokenbutdefinitelyfelt.wordpress.com/ I had and always will be the girl, who thrives off the idea of beauty. Who loves the

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Watch: Imelda May’s latest song celebrates women everywhere

  We all love Imelda May, and she has just released a new video inspired by the recent women’s marches called ‘Should’ve been you’. The video which was shot in Brixton in London is one continuous take, featuring a group of everyday “superwomen”, all of which answered a call on Facebook. Imelda said, “I wrote

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An update on the @yesnotthedress Campaign: By Sophie

Consent, consent, consent! It’s a word and an issue we are all aware of but unfortunately we haven’t quite conquered the problems surrounding it. For me and many people, it wasn’t something we were taught about in school, it wasn’t even a topic that came up within our own private conversations. I grew up being

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My journey with Anorexia: By Megan

Last week, Megan told us a little about herself and her journey through recovery from anorexia. This week, she has written in more detail, in this beautiful, honest and insightful piece. x I can’t tell you when it started, because if I did I would be lying. The truth is, I don’t remember, it’s all a

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Why this picture of a smile went viral

Tensions in the US and the UK have been rising over the past few years, and acts of racism seem to be rising along with it, as people react in fear to the terrorist attacks that have happened across the world. This picture was taken at a protest held by the English Defence League in

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How about a reality check? By Ash

Everyone has bad days sometimes. You can’t blame people for being stressed or not skipping around the place as if they have just won the lotto. Today there are so many pressures in our daily lives. I mean for teenagers alone we have the stress of exams and education, making our parents proud and trying

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Weapons of Choice: Ireland Edition

A couple of weeks ago we shared a post about the “Weapon of Choice” project, which showed some powerful pictures of the damage our words can do to others. If you didn’t see it you can catch up here. This project was brought to our attention by Kate Lennon (our favourite teacher ever), who teaches at

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Social Anxiety, its a legit thing…

Does the thought of a public event bring you out in a rash? Do you spend all day talking yourself into going out, only to cancel at the last minute to hang out with your cat? Relax, you’re not weird, you probably have social anxiety, and that is a legit thing that affects 16.8% of

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The Irish womens socccer team are kicking off (see what we did there?)

All joking and catchy headlines aside this is just not good enough. Today, our Irish women’s soccer team held a press conference in what they said was a “last resort” to raise concerns about the support they are given from the FAI. In a collective statement they said… We as players are proud to represent our

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Guest Post: Megan on the stigma around anorexia

18 year old Megan has just joined our youth council, and hopes to use it as a platform to raise awareness and start conversations about eating disorders in Ireland. Here is her first post. She will be writing more about her experiences in the future. Welcome aboard Megan x When I heard of anorexia as

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Why I love to read: by Clodagh

When I was growing up, I was a huge reader. I devoured books. I spent years waiting until I could start on my sister’s collection of Babysitter Club books, and distracted myself with Jacqueline Wilson’s heartbreaking tales. I went to my local library, my school library, my brother’s bookshelves, anywhere I might find a new

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A rundown of the worlds sassiest cartoon heroines

These days, Disney is all about diversity, and while their princesses still have waists the size of your wrist, they are getting ballsier and more sassy. You wouldn’t cross  Moana when she has an oar in her hand, and Anna from Frozen needs no man, she can build her own ice castle and pay her own

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An important message for the two thirds

Today, the Irish examiner released a study of 2,5oo teenagers which found that two thirds of 13-19 year olds say that their mental health state is ‘poor, very poor or average.’ We talk to girls all the time about the pressure they feel to be smart, beautiful and perfect. Caitlin Moran, the amazing author of

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The truth about drugs, what you need to know…

Last year, Nicole lost her younger brother, 18 year old Alex, who took synthetic drugs (SD’S) at a house party. Since then, Nicole has learned as much as she can about SD’s and works really hard to prevent as many of these deaths as she possibly can. Here, she shares what she learned and what

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Lets LOL at some more outdated adverts….

Some time ago we shared some outdated anti-suffragette posters, that encouraged men to keep their women under control, for fear that society would fall apart if they were granted the vote. We all had a good laugh at the ridiculousness of the attitudes to women, whilst thanking our lucky stars that we weren’t born a

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Body Hair Does Not Make Me Ugly

Artist Lica Brown has written this post for us on body hair. Thanks for sharing Lica! My name is Lica and destiny has given me a symmetric, petite and healthy body. Fate does not care about our pseudo ideas of beauty, so it also made me hairy. I never had an issue with my body

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