Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Clara de Pablo

Clara de Pablo grew up in Wisconsin and Chicago and recently graduated from Yale University, where she majored in American Studies. At Yale, her research centered on representations of women in visual media and propaganda during the 1940s–50s. In her spare time, she was a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run afterschool program, and recently worked as a leader for the Mexican intercultural exchange program, Jóvenes en Acción. Clara was a former intern at the National Museum of American History through the <a href="https://www.smithsonianofi.com/i2f-program/" target="_blank">Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program</a> and returned to work on the exhibit, Girlhood: It’s Complicated, with Melinda Machado in the Office of Communications and Marketing at the National Museum of American History.

The Zine Teens Take on Girlhood

Each day, the National Museum of American History (NMAH) receives hundreds—sometimes thousands—of teenage visitors. Teens wearing bucket hats; groups in matching t-shirts; groups that are aggressively rude to staff in the elevators. But while the museum succeeds in many things, it does not necessarily engage well with youth