Skateistan is an initiative that educates and teaches skateboarding in places where children are often excluded due to their gender or socioeconomic background.
Speaking to Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood:
How did you get into music and how did Honeyblood come about?
"Both of us have been playing music since school. We had both been in bands playing about in Glasgow as well. I started thinking about breaking away from my previous band and writing songs myself for Honeyblood. I then met Shona through mutual friends in the Glasgow music scene. We had a band practise and I played her a song I’d written called ‘No Spare Key’. She put some drums to it and that was it really, we’d finished our first song."
What do you love about being in a band?
"It’s exciting. I love writing a song; having an idea and then taking it through all the steps to finally hear it being played back though a stereo. It’s kind of like putting a jigsaw together and then seeing the finished picture and being like, ‘So that’s what it looks like’. Meeting other bands, playing in different places is also fun."
What advice would you give to other girls trying to form/make it in a band?
"For other girls making a band, I’d say just do whatever you want to and make what you want. I think a lot of people expect us to act a certain way, either play up on being girls or to revolt against it completely. I think we do neither. We’re girls, we’re not trying to be anything else."
Mia Brookes, age 6 getting some big air on her snowboard. Although Mia is only 6 she is already sponsored to snowboard and skateboard and rides motocross!
Magnolia BMX is an online resource for female BMX riders. Magnolia BMX provides everything from instructional and inspirational videos to words of advice and support.
"Amazing Grace" Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. Grace was born on the 9th of December 1906 at a time when complex maths was still being done on slide rules. Grace developed the first compiler for a computer programming language and her ideas in computing led to the development of one of the first modern programming languages, COBOL; paving the way for modern computing as we know it.
f riders inc an online store created by female riders for female riders. The store was “born out of two things, a love of riding and a frustration about the lack of choice of gear for females in our favourite sports. Whether you ride waves, slopes, parks or the streets we endeavour to have the gear to suit.” -f riders inc.
Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, professional skateboarder with Nitro Circus Live. Lyn-z is the first female skateboarder to ride DC mega ramp, has won 8 X Games medals and is the first female skateboarder to land a McTwist 540. Lyn-z is just a few months after giving birth to her first child and is back on the road skateboarding with Nitro Circus Live.
Women are Awesome 2 - a compilation of amazing female athletes in action. Expect ninjas, free runners, gymnasts, football athletics, surfers, proximity flyers, swimming with whales, longboarders, freestyle skiers and motorcycle tricks!
Lindsay Beth Currier racing through a gnarly rocky section. Lindsay is a sponsored rider and coach of gravity mountain biking and the founder of Shine Riders Co, “an online publication and community center for womens gravity mountain biking.” -Shine Riders Co.
GolideBlox, founded by Stanford mechanical engineering/ product design graduate Debbie Sterling, is an interactive book series and construction set with girls in mind. The toys provide girls with more choice than dolls and the colour pink, with the aim of inspiring the future generation of female engineers.
To ease you through the rest of November, November by The Fun Part, the solo project of singer songwriter Darleen Jansen. November is a beautifully melodic acoustic song, with soft vocals and haunting guitars.
Don’t let the title put you off - Boobilicious the movie is a freestyle snowboarding video jam packed with talented female snowboards - Ana Rumiha, Basa Stevulova, Urska Pribosic, Julia Baumgartner, Diana Sadlowski, Lisa Filzmoser, Conny Bleicher, Suray Fernandez, Vera Janssen and Aline Bock.
Gillian Kyle Glasgow School of Art graduate and creator of the Scottish brand Gillian Kyle. Gillian Kyle produce unique and quirky illustrations influenced by Scottish culture, featured on clothing, gifts and homewares. Gillian herself hand draws the illustrations featured on the products.
exercism.io an ingenious website created by Katrina Owen. The website allows you to test your programming know how on new practise problems daily and get them reviewed using crowd sourcing. Great for learning a new programming language or if you’re not provided this support at work.