I believe that we are most powerful when we stand together. Feminism is not anti-anyone, it’s pro-equality for everyone.
Olwen Dawe is the 2015 President of Network Ireland, the longest-established Irish professional development and representative organisation for working women from all sectors. An advisor to enterprise, economic development, arts and private organisations – Olwen established her own consulting business, Irish Business Intelligence in 2010. Olwen is a regular media contributor and a member of the SAGE Business Expert panel. Joining Network Ireland in 2007, Olwen has been part of the organisation’s National Executive since 2010, she is also a member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland [NWCI].
Because I am a Girl I ask…. that women and men work together for gender equality.
Because I am a Girl I believe…. that we are most powerful when we stand together. Feminism is not anti-anyone, it’s pro-equality for everyone.
Because I am a Girl I hope…. that one day we will have a female Taoiseach. We’ve successfully elected two women to the Áras… now it’s time for the Dáil.
Because I am a Girl I wonder…. how it’s practical to ever achieve such a thing when less than 20% of our government is female. Quotas are important, but they alone won’t change a culture which is impermeable and stuck in an inhospitable time-warp.
Because I am a Girl I dream…. that we collectively, as a society, will embrace the importance of change for future generations – patriarchy is damaging for everyone.
Because I am a Girl I remember… all the amazing role-models I’ve been inspired by throughout my life. I’m very fortunate.
Because I am a Girl I like… the fact that more women are speaking up, and not afraid to be counted.
Because I am a Girl I dislike….. the amount of attention paid to women’s appearances, age, number of children and marital status. Why on earth does any of that matter?
Because I am a Girl I feel… extremely privileged to be at the helm of an organisation that has been developing the potential of professional women for over thirty years. It’s an honour.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate… the achievements of other women. We can’t be what we can’t see – role models and recognition of our innate potential is crucial.