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You spoke, and we listened. We want you to know that we are all about encouraging success in girls, and inspiring young women everywhere. We need a girl like you to represent that awesome girl who is going out there to fulfill her dreams. And, the best part is, we want to help you fulfill those dreams. Just enter the contest, and you could be on the cover of a print magazine, $5000 in cash, a brand new MACBOOK, and a $250 gift certificate for GirlMogul apparel and accessories!

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Melanie Oudin Aces Wimbledon!

Hi girls! This time of year is awesome for tons of reasons: great weather, pool parties and, for tennis fans, Wimbledon! Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and considered by many to be the most prestigious. It takes place every year around this time and determines who the best tennis players around the world are. I’m sure several of you have heard of Venus and Serena Williams, two famous sisters who have both won Wimbledon and other famous tennis tournaments. What you might not have known, though, is that joining them this year in the fourth round was Melanie Oudin from Georgia, who is only 17! Even though she is ranked 124th (which is still very good when you realize she is ranked 124th out of the world!) she beat former World Number 1 on Saturday, an awesome victory that was a shock to many!

Melanie’s secret to staying calm during the important match was to think of it as any other game in which she was playing any other opponent—not the world famous Wimbledon against the Number 1 player in the world! Melanie’s story really made me think about perseverance. Last year, she entered the Junior Event at Wimbledon and was thought to become Number 1, but instead didn’t even make it out of the second round. But clearly that didn’t stop her, and now this year she’s on fire! If you fail the first time, it’s important not to give up on your dreams, even if you can’t try again until the next year, like Melanie. Believing in yourself and practicing is the only way to make it to Number 1. Wimbledon isn’t over yet, and I’m excited to see just how far Melanie Oudin will go!

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Quote of the Week – Martha Washington

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”
-Martha Washington

Hey girls! It’s GirlMogul Poppy, and I found this great quote to talk about this week! It’s from the revered Martha Washington. Now, you may think you’ve never heard of her, but I bet you that you have! Martha Washington was the very first First Lady of the United States, and the wife of former president George Washington. She was the woman representing the first government of the United States, and had a very important job. To read about all that she has done for the country, click here.

Martha Washington makes a really important point in this quotation. Things happen in life, and ultimately, we cannot always control our circumstances. Often, we think that bad circumstances dictate how bad our life is. This can range from something small, like getting a bad grade on your test, to something much bigger, like a real family tragedy. But, through everything, Martha points out that it is not these specific circumstances that determine how happy we are in life. In fact, she points out that how we deal with them makes us happy or unhappy. If you get a bad grade on a test, you can be down about it, or you can take a proactive stance and just make sure you study in order to do better next time. If you sulk about it, of course you will be unhappy. If you decide to do something about it, you may be sad for a little while, but will eventually move on and be happy with life. So remember, GirlMoguls, your dispositions and reactions dictate your happiness, not the circumstances you find yourself in!

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The Very First First Lady – Martha Washington

Want to hear something really interesting? Martha Washington did not even attend the inauguration of her husband because she was so upset! Who knew right?

Martha Washington was born as Martha Dandridge was born on June 2, 1731. Her father was a very wealthy Virginia plantation owner. She was the oldest of 8 children. When Martha tuned 18, her parents married her off to not George Washington, but to Daniel Parke Custis, who was an unbelievable 20 years older than young Martha. They moved to, the ironically named, White House Plantation in Virginia and had 4 children. However, Daniel Custis died in 1757 and left Martha a very, very wealthy widow. She also uncommonly had complete control over the inheritance (which a lot of women did not have back then) as well as complete rights over her children

This is where General George Washington enters the picture. He courted her, visiting her at the plantation, and the two got married on January 6, 1759. The Washington’s honeymooned at the White House Plantation before moving into Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate. They did not have any children together. But, they did raise Martha’s two remaining children, both of whom also died at a young age. Martha and George seemed to have a very solid marriage, nonetheless. She spent the historic winter at Valley Forge with George when he was serving as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. There, Martha played a very important role in boosting the morale of the young soldiers.

The funny thing is that Martha was opposed to George Washington running as the first president of the United States. They apparently had a very comfortable life together that she did not want to be disturbed. She didn’t even attend the inauguration! Martha and George Washington did make a large impact on the formation of our government, even if she was opposed to the idea at first.

Posted by GirlMogul Poppy