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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Squad Goals: Eleanor Roosevelt

Before Michelle Obama, there was only ever one first lady worth talking about. Jackie Kennedy may have had the style and grace but Eleanor Roosevelt has the chutzpah (an old term for swag). In 1905 Eleanor married Franklin D Roosevelt who became president in 1932. She was a renowned suffragette. She used her platform to

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Love your Body

Sandra O’Keeffe is a a personal trainer and fitness instructor, nutritional advisor, and motivation and weight management coach. She knows a lot about negative eating behaviours and how they affect our moods and mental well-being in general. She has some thoughts on how we could love our body more and was happy to share. We are

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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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Hey! Lets start a Book Club!

One of our readers sent us a link this week to this amazing Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Inspired by her talk we did more research and found out that Chimamanda has written a book, also called “We Should all be Feminists”. This teeny tiny book has been deemed required reading in Sweden, and

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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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Why do I love my bed so much?

Why am I so obsessed with my bed? Doctor Sharon explains all below:   During sleep our bodies reboot- our brain processes all the information we have gathered during the day [that includes school work!] and the body gets busy repairing muscles, healing wounds, making hormones and growing. It’s a really important time for the

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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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Big News! Girlfest is HERE!!!

Fancy a lovely, positive, girlie bonding day with your  besties? Lucky for you, GIRLFEST is here! We are very excited to announce that we have created a lovely partnership with The Place of Dance and Performing Arts in Waterford to create GIRLFEST, a day to relax, bond and celebrate all that it means to be a

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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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Do you Suffer from Womanhood?

Do you struggle to be taken seriously? Do you sometimes feel like you’re being ignored? You may be suffering from womanhood. Its a common complaint. 50% of our population has it! Okay, this is funny. True, but also funny. Scary, but still a little bit funny. This video by Funny or Die takes the mick

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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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Interview: Kate McGuane Designer

Cork Based ceramicist and designer Kate McGuane talks to us about how to embrace and nourish your creative spirit. Hi Kate, you are a very talented young designer. Where you always artistic? Thank you Tammy. I was definitely a creative child. I can remember spending hours colouring, drawing and painting when I was quite young and nothing

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Squad Goals: Alanis Morisette

Are you pissed off? Do you hate your parents? Did a boy break your heart? Our gift to you today is Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. In 1995, girls were cute, sparkly and spoke in high pitched voices about boys and fashion. Those who didn’t were kept in dark places away from daylight as society

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