Veronica Walsh is the owner of CBT and Feeling Good – promoting psychological health and well being through training workshops and private sessions in how to use modern psychotherapy techniques. Veronica works with women on public speaking anxiety and general confidence skills, and is a member of #womenonair, a movement to encourage more female voices in media broadcasting. And she also provides a free online international resource blog for practical emotional healthy strategies.
Because I am a Girl I ask… governments of the world to offer equal education to boys and girls. No argument, no question. Education is where change and growth and equality happens, always.
Because I am a Girl I believe… that governments need equal female representation for balanced policy and outcomes – through gender quotas in the short to medium term until our equal presence is normalised.
Because I am a Girl I hope… that young women don’t buy into the idea that ‘feminism’ is a silly term, or that it is redundant as equality has been achieved. It hasn’t. This is the definition: “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men”. Wear the description with pride. Sing it sisters.
Because I am a Girl I wonder… why there are so few female voices on air in the media, especially as opinion pundits. How can our young women feel they are truly part of the conversation and opinion making while that’s the case? Make a noise, vote with your dial.
Because I am a Girl I dream… that one day Rhianna and Miley will put some clothes on, and use their status to shift power and not have absolutely everything be about sex. Where is the art? I agree with Caitlin Moran, we should give the poor girls a cardigan. Bless.
Because I am a Girl I remember... a happier time when airbrushing was not normalised – a time when women were women and were allowed to be human. I’d like media to self police that nonsense out. Ladies, mock unnatural imaging, roll your eyes and sigh. It is not real. Do not base your body image on advertising. And ‘do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Because I am a Girl I like… to honour strong role models – the women who make a difference. Women who are all about ideas and work and stimulation. Women who have earned power and influence, and don’t give a stuff whether their audience fancies them or not. Women who inspire.
Because I am a Girl I dislike…. it that companies like twitter want to be given a medal for putting a solitary woman on their board. Woopdedoo twitter. Aren’t you marvellous? #not. Women in tech have it even harder than women still banging on the glass ceiling in general business, something needs to change.
Because I am a Girl I feel… that we have a catch 22 confidence situation – until our women are actually out there with their 50% balance, young girls won’t see that as a normal state, and will continue to question themselves and their ability in a way that many men don’t. We need to support and encourage each other, and learn how to feel the fear and go ahead and do it anyway. It’s a cliche because it’s true. Step up.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate … men. Sure, we love you really. You just need to learn to share.