Girls produce culture. This video examines how girls have taken cues taken cues from style icons in movies and music as well as each others and used fashion to transform themselves, markets, and ideas about gender and growing up. Learn more in the Girlhood (It’s complicated) online exhibition section on Fashion (remix).
Americans talk about girls' bodies a lot. They have for more than a century. Why? Because girls' bodies are often treated like community property. This video examines how body talk—everything from advice to advertising—has often, but not always, determines what it means to be a girl and steers girls toward certain ideas of womanhood. Learn more in the Girlhood (It’s complicated) online exhibition section on Wellness (body talk).
Girls have used zines, among other forms of self-expression, to redefine fashion and body image, reject consumer culture, and express anger—something girls were not supposed to be. This video explores the history of zines and how girls have used them to talk and talk back. Learn more in the Girlhood (It’s complicated) online exhibition section on Subcultural Stylin’. For more information check out the online exhibition: https://americanhistory.si.edu/girlhood Educators! Find related curricular and discussion materials from the 2021 National Youth Summit on Gender Equity: https://americanhistory.si.edu/national-youth-summit/gender-equity
Hey, Where's My Girlhood?
Girls built America. This video explores how girls' work gave other women leisure time, made industries more profitable, sparked a consumer revolution, and reshaped labor laws. Through their labor and activism, they made workplaces safer for everyone. Learn more in the Girlhood (It‘s complicated) online exhibition section on Work (Hey, Where’s My Girlhood?).
In school, girls are taught to fit in. This video looks at how in classrooms, on the playground, at lunch, and even in the bathroom, girls learn how to behave, what to wear, what to say, and what to study. They learn the rules, and they learn how to break the rules. In this mix, girls confront what society expects from them. Like anyone being "schooled," girls talk back. Learn more in the Girlhood (It’s complicated) online exhibition section on Education (Being Schooled).