Help the St Al’s Girls support the Make a Wish Foundation

Before Christmas, we spent a lovely day in St. Aloysius College in Carrigtwohill. Now the girls are working on a lovely project for the Make a Wish foundation. We think they explain it best…. “We have started a social media campaign called the #makeawishchallenge where we trying to raise money to allow wishes be granted for brave

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10 Things us girls need to stop shaming each other about

Us girls are divils for judging each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults, and therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves. This

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Remembering Ann Lovett

This is the Grotto in Granard, Co Longford, a beautiful, quiet and peaceful place. On this day 33 years ago, Ann Lovett died here along with her newborn baby boy. She had given birth here, alone, on a cold January evening armed with nothing but a pair of scissors. She was 15 years old. Unmarried

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The amazing consent campaign founded by 5th year students..

Fourteen 5th years students from Kells, have started an amazing campaign to drive the discussion about consent in Ireland. The project started in September of 2015 as part of a Transition Year module, Young Social Innovators, which is a national competition giving young people the platform to create social change and raise awareness around topics they feel

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Guest Post: Why Anita Dennison is Fighting Bullying

Hello everyone, my name is Anita Dennison and I am a 20-year-old student and award winning anti-bullying campaigner from Newry, Co. Down. This is the story of how I turned my horrible bullying experience into a positive for other individuals and their families. I hope my story can help you through any tough time you

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How Lisa put herself through pilot training by selling cupcakes

Lisa is one determined and clever lady. Heres why… Lisa Cusack, from Dublin, had her first flying lesson at 13, and decided immediately that she wanted to be a pilot. Unfortunately, once she researched how to achieve her dream, she found out that the training to qualify would cost €100,000. Lisa also realised that she

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6 Times Women Marched to Change History

The marches that happened all over the world last weekend showed what can be achieved when people use their voices in a peaceful but powerful way. However, you might be wondering if marching actually achieves or changes anything when it comes to human rights. Well, here are 6 examples of women coming together to make

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Guest Post: Sophie Kane on how writing helps her deal.

Writing has always been important to me throughout my life. I’ve kept journals for as far back as I can remember. Using what comes natural to us, or something we are good at to spread our message and our feminism, is the best way to express ourselves. My journey with writing hasn’t been smooth, but

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Oh Sugar, why can’t I quit you?

Not sure about you but we love sugar. Cookies, chocolate, jellies, cupcakes, cake cakes, donuts, you name it we love it. So, we asked nutritionist Bex to explain why we can’t quit this beautiful relationship. Sugar has one job, to give our bodies energy. That is it.  It gives us the physical energy to get

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Why Millions of Women are marching for Women’s Rights

Yesterday, millions of women marched in cities around the world to protest Donald Trumps reign, and to stand up for women’s rights. Reports say that 500,000 women took part in Washington alone with Irish women also making their voices heard in Dubin and all across Ireland yesterday. Within hours of becoming president Trump removed all

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Sinead Kane…. Wow…. Just Wow…

So what are you up to this weekend? Here at Shona, we plan to have a nice lie in, watch some Netflix (okay, a lot of Netflix) and maybe go for a bit of an oul stroll if the rain holds off. On Saturday, Sinead Kane will be preparing to run a Marathon in the Antarctic. That’s

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Are you being bullied? Heres what we want you to know.

Yesterday we shared a post by a girl who realised as a woman that she had bullied another girl in school to the brink of suicide. This seemed to strike a cord, and we received a few messages from girls who were going through a really hard time and wanted to tell us about it. If you

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I was the school bully, and had no idea.

We came across this story on www.viralwomen.com and thought we would share it because so many of us can identify with it. There’s a bit of a bully in all of us, although its a label nobody wants. I hated school, I never felt like I belonged, and I had no idea where I fit

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You’ll never guess what this Irish woman is doing right now..

We Irish girls need to see female role models in all aspects of life, business, arts, sport, politics, society, and science. This we know for sure. And we’re working on that. But answer me this, did you ever, in your wildest dreams think that in your lifetime you’d see a red headed Irish woman in

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A letter to the first guy to break my heart: My Dad

Family stuff happens, and sometimes it hurts. This young lady wrote this letter that she will never send to her Dad, but wanted to get how she felt off her chest. Writing stuff down is a great way to get your head around how you feel, and sometimes helps a little. Dad, I have so

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9-year-old trans girl makes history with National Geographic cover

We devoted our entire January 2017 Special Issue to an exploration of gender—get it now on iOS: https://t.co/Gp06vqjZBg #GenderRevolution pic.twitter.com/vtWWukVEtg — National Geographic (@NatGeo) December 16, 2016 This is 9-year-old Avery Jackson,  a beautiful young lady who has shared the story of her transition with us on youtube. Appearing on this months National Geographic, she says, “The best

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