[editor's note: My apologies to readers. I have had to take a break from producing my news website during 2013 due to a family bereavement. I hope to bring GirlsGermsNews back to active status in the new year. In the meantime, please enjoy reading some of the earlier news stories]
Hi and thanks for taking the time to check out my news website.
Current media offerings tend to leave the impression that women don’t make much news in the world. GirlsGerms hopes to balance things out a little and provide a few more female role models than are usually seen in the media – something I believe is important not just for girls and women, but for society as a whole, to see that women can live, work and play in a wide range of endeavours!
You won’t find celebrity gossip, beauty tips, recipes, house and garden makeovers, etc. They’re well catered for in the plethora of print and online magazines already out there. Instead, GirlsGerms aims to be a central place to find information about news-making women across a wide range of interest areas. It also provides other important information that’s relevant to women. While the focus is predominantly Australian, some international material is also included because we women are also global citizens.
On the front page you’ll find the top stories in the features showcase and, in the special ‘all things being equal‘ section, news highlighting some of the steps forward (and back) for equality. The separate ‘they said it best‘ section draws together some topical opinion pieces from other writers. You can also find stories under the section headings across the top of the page – caring (community wellbeing), leading (inspiring leaders), achieving (top successes), earning (professional life) and playing (arts, music and sports). And if you want to discover some of the women who have led the way in Australian life, check out our history makers in WOMENfirst. Some of these milestones have taken a while to reach – and keep in mind these were often occupations and achievements already commonplace for men.
GirlsGerms isn’t an anti-male publication. Women and men are equally welcome to visit. So please, enjoy reading some real news about women in Australia – and if you have some news you think others may be interested in, please send a short message to me using the form on the ‘contact GirlsGerms’ page. You can also sign up to GGnews to receive an email summary update after new stories are posted online.
Statement of Reconciliation…
Because GirlsGerms Online News has national coverage, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and Elders past and present across Australia, with particular acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the lands where my Melbourne-based business is located.
A word about GGeditor…
GirlsGerms’ editor is Melbourne-based freelance writer and editor Sharon Harrison who has been publishing GirlsGerms Online News since October 2010. She has over 21 years’ experience in communications, small-scale publishing and marketing, holds a masters degree in professional communication from Deakin University and is an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute as well as Editors Victoria. She is also a member of UN Women Australia.
Sharon’s major focus has always been on written communications, beginning in the early nineties as editor of a couple of community newsletters and continuing in corporate and government communications and a few industry magazines using print and electronic/online media. She’s also been involved in desktop publishing from its early days – starting out with a beefed-up Commodore Amiga computer, a software package called PageStream and a hand-held scanner for digitising graphics … and no internet. Publishing technology has come a long way since then!
A word about the website software…
This website uses WordPress.com open source web software and is based on the Nuntius theme (with a Custom Design upgrade so I could tweak the underlying Cascading Style Sheets).