Louise Lawless is an Irish Youth Ambassador the ONE Campaign , focusing on gender equality and education. She is a Law and German student at Trinity College and is a contributing writer to the University Times
Because I am a Girl I ask …Why is a man a boss but a woman bossy? Why is doing something ‘like a girl’ an insult?
Because I am a Girl I believe …Feminism is the social, political, economic equality of men and women. That is never emphasised enough.
Because I am a Girl I hope …That women start representing in every aspect of everyday life, movies, sports, literature, radio, sports, politics
Because I am a Girl I wonder …Why being able to house new life is seen as a hindrance rather than a biological wonder?Why public rape culture is the norm? See pitbull and Robin Thicke for examples .
Because I am a Girl I dream …That female sports teams at every single level get the funding, recognition and facilities they deserve.That categorising stops making women seem like a foreign species. Examples? In the state exams you have poets, then you have female poets. You have the Irish team, then you have the Female team. Are they any less of a national team because of this? No. I didn’t think so.
Because I am a Girl I remember …Being 14 years old and being engulfed in the Twilight series. What I saw as a romantic love story, was actually an unhealthy, controlling relationship. Can we have something for impressionable teenagers to read that is not going to nurture the idea of someone else being the answer to your problems?
Because I am a Girl I like …That there are organisations like this one, that allow you, encourage you to be proud of being a girl. A gentle reminder that it’s not something to be ashamed of.
Because I am a Girl I dislike …That women denounce feminists, a metaphorical slap in the face for everyone who has worked for civil rights over the last century.
Because I am a Girl I feel …Furious : that in a relatively open society like Ireland we still have unadulterated , unrestrictive gender inequality: the wage gap.
Proud: that we have had two female Presidents who have been educated, eloquent and extremely progressive, a great role model for every Irish citizen.
Hopeful: that with Micheal D Higgins as an ambassador for He for She the gender equality movement in Ireland can be improved substantially.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate…Feeling empowered because of my potential, my abilities and opportunities.