10 books every badass girl should read.

‘Emma’ by Jane Austen Jane Austen herself was pretty badass, and she created a whole host of feisty female leads who don’t need a man to make them happy. (Sure, they all get married at the end, but they were doing just fine on their own.) It was a real challenge to pick just one Austen

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Sorry Not Sorry: Lena Dunham

If you haven’t read Lena’s essay about being sorry, now’s the time. It’ll make ya think … Sorry, Not Sorry: My Apology Addiction Beyonce’s “Lemonade” was a massive cultural event for a lot of profound reasons, not least of which because it gave women a melody to which they could sing the words “Sorry, I ain’t sorry,”

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Squad Goals: Granuaile

Okay, full disclosure, Grace O’Malley or Granualie, has been dead for 600 years, so the likely hood of you getting to hang out with her anytime soon are pretty slim. But this is one of the coolest women to ever grace our shores, and we don’t hear about her as much as we should. Yeah,

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Squad Goals: Lena Dunham

Yeah, it’s kind of an obvious one. But who doesn’t love Lena Dunham? Lena’s alter ego Hannah Horvath is so narcissistic, self-obsessed and precious that it’s hard to separate her from Lena Dunham herself. But this just goes to show how amazing  a writer, actress and director she is. Here she talks about her size and

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Squad goals: Marathon Badass

This is Kathrine Switzer. She is a marathon runner.No biggie right? These days we are used to seeing pictures of thousands of men and women crossing the line at Marathons in New york, Boston, London, Dublin, Dingle. In 1967, marathons weren’t as big a deal. In Boston, less than 1,000 runners registered and were rewarded at

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Squad Goals: Iris Apfel

If you want to start a gang of worlds most fabulous creatures, you should probably start by giving Iris Apfel a call. At age 94, Iris has been the unofficial queen of New York for over 60 years. You know why? Because she couldn’t give a damn what you or anyone else thinks. Iris is one of

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Is a shecanic even a thing?

We all assume there are a number of careers that are available to us, and mechanic is not usually one of them. Have a look at Patrice Banks, who says “I couldn’t find a female mechanic, so I became one.” Patrice posted a poll on facebook in 2011 asking her female friends to name their No

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Workshopping

Today I was lucky to get to speak with this lovely group of first years in the Presentation Convent Kilkenny. These girls were super smart and very understanding when we had a few technical issues!  I asked the girls for some suggestions on how we can make the programme even better and one girl had a great

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Putting the ‘Baller’ in ‘Ballerina’

Meet Frostine Shake… Shes a badass. Frostine, 30, from Austin Texas works as a make up artist and model, and is a classically trained ballerina. Having danced from age 6 or 7, Frostine quit ballet as a teenager because of the pressure she felt to be thin. When she was 18, she discovered burlesque dancing and says “I started

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7 Year old with no hands wins handwriting competition

Love, love, love, love, love this story. Anaya Ellick from Virginia was born with no hands, and recently beat 50 other kids to win first prize in a handwriting competition. Tracy Cox, the principal of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake told ABCNews: “There is truly very little that this girl cannot do”. Anaya does not use prosthetic

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On Body Issues…

We all have body issues, there are aspects of all our bodies that we love, and some that we hate. Heres the thing, our hearts, minds and souls are what makes us special, the body is just the vessel in which all the important stuff is contained. Have a look at the post below by Sarah

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So this is a thing now…

Meet the Girls Who Developed the Internet’s Most Talked-About (and Addictive, and Awesome) New Game, ‘Tampon Run’ Oh yeah, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser are going there.  Photos: Nadia Gilbert Real talk: We live in a world where it’s totally cool to run over prostitutes for fun in video games like Grand Theft Auto, but

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How far have women’s rights come?

62 million girls don’t have access to school Women make up up 70% of those living on less than $1 a day Childbirth is the 2nd leading cause of death of girls between the age of 15 and 19 Do you think these facts are from 1915 or 2015? You might be wrong…..

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Goodnight 

This is a beautiful song by Claire Hayden and Becky Philips from Cork. The song is a duet between a mother and a daughter about the effects of bullying, really lovely and thought provoking. Well done girls.

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Inspirational person of the day…

  I try to listen to a TED Talk every morning, in order to start the day on a positive note. I came across this gem this morning from Lizzie Velasquez. Born with a syndrome which means she can never gain weight, Lizzie has faced every kind of bullying, including being dubbed the “worlds ugliest

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