Ching Shih: Pirate Queen

"No one shall satisfy [their] lust with captured women in the villages or public places. On board, the permission of the squadron leader must be obtained for this purpose, and the act performed aside, in the ship's hold." - Ching Shih, commander of the Red Flag Fleet Ching Shih is without a doubt the most successful female pirate in history. The little information historians have gathered about ... READ MORE >

Seven often-forgotten African American Women in History

In celebration of Black History month, Let’s Hear It For The Girl, is showcasing seven great African American women in history. While casting a spotlight on only seven women is an insignificant step towards remedying centuries worth of hidden figures, hopefully it will encourage all of us to look deeper and consider those history has failed to remember. 1. Cathay Williams 1842 - ... READ MORE >

Thoughts on Hidden Figures

*Be warned, this post contains spoilers. For those of you who have not seen the film, and want to avoid them, my thoughts can be summarised in three words: absolutely, flipping brilliant.*  Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African America women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who worked for NASA during the 1960's. All three women progressed to make brilliant ... READ MORE >

Anne Frank’s Diary and Copyright Law

“Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school-girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.”                                                                                     ... READ MORE >

Marie Curie: The Ultimate Over-Achiever

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie Marie Curie was a top student, physicist, chemist, inventor, discoverer, two time Nobel Prize winner, wife, mother and professor. Marie began life living in poverty in Poland, was forced to migrate in order to gain an education and worked in a world ... READ MORE >

Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad: Empowering or Cliquey?

Taylor Swift transformed from a heart-broken country and western singer to an ultimate superstar following the release of 1989 in 2014. In order to cement her power status Taylor planned the 1989 world tour accordingly. The main gimmick of the tour was Taylor’s ‘girl squad.’  Taylor gleefully shared the stage with Karlie Kloss, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding, Ellen DeGeneres, Idina Menzel, ... READ MORE >