Meet Purl, She’s Quite The Trailblazer

This is Purl. Purl is the star of Pixar’s latest short movie, in which she plays herself, telling the story of equality, inclusion and diversity. The movie follows Purl on her first day working at B.R.O capital. She arrives super excited and optimistic about her new job, and dying to meet her colleagues and new

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How To Believe in Yourself

Most of us doubt ourselves and feel vulnerable at times. Even those who seem super-confident in social situations are often freaking out on the inside when it comes to small talk and meeting new people. Here is some advice from Dr.Phil on how to believe in yourself and fight that self-doubt. Thanks Phil, you lovely

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Happy IDOWAGIS19 Everyone!! 🔬🔬🔬🔬

Welcome to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019! I am writing this to you, rather fittingly, from a celebration of the women of the Periodic Table (which I’ll be mentioning a lot this year!) in beautiful Murcia in the south of Spain. I’m here to give a talk about a secret

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5 Must watch movies about women in sport

Twenty five years ago, a movie called ‘A league of Their own,’ starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna was released. It told the story of The Rockford Peaches, a women’s baseball team that competed in a women’s league created during the war, when all the men were away, to keep the baseball leagues from

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5 Times CXG Songs Nailed Mental Health

There is no other show around like “Crazy Ex Girlfriend”. On the surface, it is colourful, funny and whimsical. But despite the rainbows and flashy musical numbers, this show digs into serious issues like inequality, sexuality and mental health in a way that has never been done before. Through all 4 seasons, we’ve watched Rebecca

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Letters To Our Younger Selves: By The Beat Girls

We are obsessed with the Beat girls. Paula, Shonagh and Trish are beautiful, successful, strong and full of confidence. Right? Well yeah, sometimes. Just like the rest of us, they are wonderful works in progress, and all have had times when they struggled, made bad decisions, were too hard on themselves, or forgot to focus

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Jameela Strikes Again

Jameela Jamil is on a crusade. The “Good Place” actress has been calling out the beauty industry for some time (we’ve talked about this before), for setting unrealistic standards and preying on the insecurities of women who feel like they’re never good enough in order to take our money. This week she had a go

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Aspergers and Me: By Skye

Hey there! So, again, my name is Skye Turner and if you read my last article for Shona, you’ll have read me talk on depression and the stigma around it and my experience with it along with social anxiety. But there was another aspect of my life I struggled with that I refrained from writing

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Why You Need To “Kondo” Your Brain

Its amazing how the surname “Kondo” has become a verb in the 3 weeks since Marie Kondo’s show was released to Netflix. Charity shops all over the world are heaving with bags of donations as we all say “Thank you, Next” to half our wardrobes, and clear boxes are flying out the door of Mr.

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How I Fought For My Own Future: By Tammy D

For many of us, going to college is an expectation, its not a case of ‘if’, its a case of ‘when and where’. Many others grow up in a different world, one that feels hopeless and helpless. Tammy Donaghy grew up in a home where addiction controlled everything. In spite of that, she created a

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Benefits’s New Brand Ambassador Breaks Boundaries

We were so excited to learn that Benefit Cosmetics had chosen a model with Down’s Syndrome to become the new face of their brand. We thought it was an amazing sign of inclusiveness, equality, diversity and universal beauty. Imagine our surprise when we found out that this trailblazer is Kate Grant, who hails from non

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Beautiful Apologies & Promises from the Tuam Girls

We travel all over Ireland meeting students in schools and speaking to them about identity, strength, influence, focus and, above all else, kindness. Yesterday we spent the day with the girls in Scoil Bhride Tuam, and the second years did amazing work. As a group the all promised to let go of any issues that

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Book Recommendation: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Have you watched everything on Netflix? Need a good book recommendation? We just finished “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and we loved it! While it was released in 2017, we tend not to read new releases as they can be expensive, so we wait until the good ones become “vintage” and then we get stuck

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3 Million Women Protest Against Inequality In India

On New Years day, in Kerala, India 3 million women formed a human wall which ran for 600 Kilometers (!!!) in a protest against the religious laws which discriminate against women. One law in particular prevents women from entering the famous and sacred Sabarimala Hindu Temple. The temple banned women of “menstruating age” (between 10

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Shona in Zambia: The First Update

I hope everyone had an amazing time over Christmas, I know I certainly did by spending the afternoon of Christmas Day floating down the Zambezi River with other volunteers and getting my first sighting of hippos and elephants which was amazing. I’ve been at holiday camp every morning (we got Christmas Day off) getting to

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15 year old Greta Thunberg makes 2018’s most powerful speech…

Greta Thunberg is 15 years old student from Sweden. She doesn’t look like what you would expect a powerful and influential change-maker to look like. But that’s why we should never judge by appearance, because on Saturday night she gave some of our worlds leaders a right good talking to, putting many of them to

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Big News…Shona is going to Africa!!

Exciting news Shona fans. This Christmas, The Shona Project will be heading to Africa to spread our message to the young girls of Zambia. The workshops will be delivered by our newest team member, and you’ll never guess what her name is. Meet Shona. Nope, we’re not even kidding. Tomorrow, Shona will be heading to spend

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