Queen of the Night relief, Ancient Babylon
Girl Museum is the first and only online museum dedicated to the topic of girls and girlhood through history and in modern times. Girl Museum is run by volunteers and I am very lucky to be one of the interns helping out with this fabulous site, a Junior Girl. Please check it out http://www.girlmuseum.org it is well worth a visit and there are some fascinating exhibitions and resources.
This weekend the latest exhibition “Ancient Girls” was launched offering an insight into the lives of girls during ancient times including Ancient Egypt, Minoan and Mycenaean, the Mayan period, Ancient Babylon and Assyria, Ancient China and Ancient Indus Valley.
During Ancient times marriage and child bearing was important and the main focus of girls. However, in each culture and period it is clear that girls had vastly different lives and opportunities. The first known author in the whole world was a girl – Enheduanna. She was the daughter of the famous Akkadian King Sargon the Great in the third millenium B.C. – that’s five thousand years ago! She penned poems and prayers to the gods and goddesses signing her name against them immortalising herself. Girls and women were pioneers on industry and manufacturing. priestesses and Queens.
The exhibition is well research and written by a host of Junior Girls including yours truly and we are all so proud of our achievements. Please check out the exhibition and the podcasts! You might learn something you never knew about how ancient girls lived their lives. http://www.girlmuseum.org/view/exhibitions/ancient-girls/
If you are interested in the work of Girl Museum or wish to know more please donate or contact Girl Museum to become an intern and contribute to this amazing site.