Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, and creative writing facilitator from Dublin. Her most recent book, Seeds of Liberty (2014) was published as part of Poolbeg’s Hands On History series for young readers. She can be found online at www.clairehennessy.com and tweets at @clairehennessy.
Because I am a Girl I ask… to be heard, and respected, and taken seriously.
Because I am a Girl I believe… in equality for all – not just in terms of gender equality but equal rights for all citizens.
Because I am a Girl I hope… that 2015 is the year Ireland starts respecting women and repeals the 8th amendment, a horrific piece of legislation that treats pregnant women as vessels rather than as people.
Because I am a Girl I wonder…. why people (everyone from the Catholic church to glossy fashion magazines) are so scared of giving women choices over their own lives instead of telling them what to do, or what they ‘should’ do.
Because I am a Girl I dream… of a day when we can really say ‘there’s no need for feminism anymore’ (it’s still a long way off).
Because I am a Girl I remember… far too much information about The Babysitters Club series.
Because I am a Girl I like… telling dirty jokes. Even bad ones. Especially bad ones. The single entendre is my friend.
Because I am a Girl I dislike…. the pervasiveness of rape culture and the denial that it exists from those who are part of the problem. Consent is sexy, and telling women not to get raped is a strategy that ignores who’s actually committing the crime.
Because I am a Girl I feel… angry a lot of the time about the world we live in, and angry that anger is deemed ‘unfeminine’ or ‘immature’ or any other label that serves to silence those who need to heard.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate… having a wonderful network of supportive female friends. I am fortunate to have so many smart, compassionate, insightful women in my life.