Maria McHale is a freelance journalist, editor and mother of three. She currently edits Sláinte magazine and the new Irish Swimmer magazine. She loves books, film and food.
Because I am a Girl I ask …that advertisers stop making women feel bad about themselves and that young girls and women stop letting that happen. A healthy body and a happy mind is what matters most.
Because I am a Girl I believe … everyone has the right to live how they want. I’d love everyone to stop ‘pigeon holing’ and trying to fit everyone in some kind of box. We need to celebrate our uniqueness.
Because I am a Girl I hope … we can all learn to be a lot less judgmental and a lot kinder to each other.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … when it will be cool for today’s girls to be OK with being clever.
Because I am a Girl I dream … that women everywhere will be equal to men in rights, opportunity and income.
Because I am a Girl I remember … that friends and family are the most important things in life.
Because I am a Girl I like …that my parents’ gave me the confidence to voice my opinions. I grew up surrounded by strong female role models and they inspired me to take all the opportunities I’ve been given.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … that Ireland is still a very male-dominated country – it would be lovely to see and hear more womens’ voices in Government, in court, on TV and radio.
Because I am a Girl I feel …sad that some people consider feminism a dirty word. Feminism has given us the right to wear what we want, work where we want, demand the same pay as men doing similar jobs, be who we want. All women and men should want to be feminists.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate… the girls and women who came before me and fought for my right to vote, work, plan my family and live the life of my choosing.