Herstory Illuminates: This is just the coolest…

If you haven’t come across Herstory yet, you need to check it out. Led by the fabulous Melanie Lynch, they aim to “tell the multi-faceted, lost, forgotten and untold life stories of Irish women from history and today; to capture their individual characters, achievements, and the patriarchal dogma they challenged.” You can read some of the amazing

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We need to talk about this meme…

One of the very first posts that we published on Shona.ie was a piece naming Lizzie Velasquez our inspirational person of the day. Lizzie was born with Marfan Syndrome, which means that her body can’t store fat. She is also a very successful motivational speaker and author who speaks out about bullying and social media trolls.

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Women on Walls, how awesome is this?

The Royal Irish Academy is an organisation for the most brilliant academics.  It was founded in 1785 and is as gloriously fancy as its sounds. Walking through the august halls, Michelle Cullen and Eithne Harley from Accenture noticed that the portrait lined walls featured not one woman, and decided to do something about it. They

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10 Questions with Zoe Ashe Browne, Ballerina

So many of us girls dreamed of growing up to be a ballerina when we were tiny. For many of us, it wasn’t even about the dancing, it was purely the tutu. Little did we know that ballerina’s at the top of their game live the lives of athletes, making huge sacrifices, often far from their

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The Gals of St Als

Last week, I visited the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years girls in St Al’s School Carrigtwohill. The girls were open, honest and respectful, and poured their hearts into their goals, apologies and promises. In the future, these girls want to be animators, vets, camogie players, teachers, soldiers, actors, singers, and world leaders. Above all, most wanted to

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An Open Letter from Serena Williams.

To all incredible women who strive for excellence, When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best “female” tennis player in the world. I was fortunate to

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10 minutes and 10 Questions With Terry Prone

When I was growing up there were no well known females in Business. Apart from Terry Prone. Before I did my leaving cert, I knew her by name, I knew she was the voice behind many powerful people, writing their speeches, handling their PR and sorting our their crises. At that time, it was assumed

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Louise Bruton: Legless in Dublin

Louise Bruton is a wheelchair user. She’s also gas craic. She has a bespoke prosthetic leg called “Priscilla” which she says “didn’t cost and arm and a leg, just a foot.” She is a very successful journalist and Ted X Talker (you can watch her here). On her website ‘Legless in Dublin’ , Louise rates

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Read Albert Einsteins letter to his daughter about LOVE

Albert Einstein was very smart. This we know. But we didn’t know he was such an awesome Dad. In the 80’s, his daughter Lieserl, donated 1,400 letters to the Hebew University, on the understanding that they were not to be released until 20 years after his death. In this one, he explains his theory on

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Something to say? Get your knickers out in a subway…

English model, Iskra Lawrence, took her clothes off on a busy New York subway to give a speech about body shaming. There she stands in her pants, telling people how they should love their body, and be thankful for the gift you have been given. “I grew up hating what I saw in the mirror

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The Safe Halls Challenge: Marino

Last month we visited Marino College in Dublin and talked to the girls about their relationships with each other, and about how important it is to have an open heart, a positive mindset, and steely determination no matter what life throws at you. Marino were the first school to take part in the Safe Halls Challenge,

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Guest Post: Who is Emily Doe?

We have all heard (unless living under a rock) of the Brock Turner sexual assault case that broke in the U.S some months ago. Well what about “Emily Doe”? Emily Doe was his victim. This post is NOT going to be about the vile being that is Brock Turner. This post is NOT going to

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Today We Rise….

This video really sums up what The Shona Project is all about. We aim to help, inspire and empower girls to dream big, and to have the strength, determination and resilience to achieve those dreams. As Eleanor Rosevelt,  our favourite first lady (pre-Michelle, obvs) once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your

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The Keane Sisters: Two young businesswomen to watch.

When we heard the story of ‘Izzy Wheels’ on Nationwide, we really had to contact the girls to hear the lovely story behind this new business run by designer, Ailbhe Keane aged 23 from Galway. Isabel, Ailbhe’s younger sister was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. She wanted to be able to customise her

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Gillian Anderson has your back.

To be honest, she freaks us out a little on ‘The Fall’ with her tough, cold, non smiling, intimidating death stare, but it turns our Gillian Anderson is actually pretty sound. In March, Gillian will release ‘We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere’, which she says will help young women like your good selves deal with confidence

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The St Paul’s Girls

A week or so ago, I got to spend a day in St Pauls Community College in Waterford. Of all the workshops I’ve done, this is the most surreal for me, as this is where I went to school, where I was bullied, and the place I swore I’d never set foot in again. I’m

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Meet Argentina’s First Teacher with Down Sydrome

When Noelia Garella was a little girl, her parents had to fight to get her into school.  Now 31, Garella just became Argentina’s first teacher with Down syndrome, joining an elite group of teachers around the world who are proving that optimism and determination can break down even the toughest stereotypes. Garella told the news

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