A Little Girl’s View on Women Who Work

Clara - office mum

"Because dads have harder jobs than mums," announced my seven-year-old, stopping me in my tracks, as we pulled into the playground. She was chatting about summer and playdates and conversations she'd been having with friends in school about seeing each other over the holidays. She'd worked out that one of her friends might be around, because ...

Are women less competitive than men, and what should we teach our children?

Office Post: cartoon girl running

Browsing through jobs on offer in Facebook's Dublin office, I stopped on one that looked interesting. Then seeing "law degree desirable" within the list of requirements, I clicked back out. I don't have a law degree. Immediately I was reminded of something that I'd heard on the Moncrieff Show on Newstalk some time ago - author Ashley Merryman said that women who have most ...

This is 40

office mum and Angelina Jolie

Walking past a poster for Disney's "Maleficent", I stopped to look at the evil Queen, noticing how striking she looked. Peering more closely, I spotted Angelina Jolie's name. And had a sudden realisation, that with just days to go before I turn forty, I'll never be Angelina Jolie. I mean, I was never actually going to be Angelina Jolie ...

International Women’s Day – don’t forget the good stuff

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Just like poetry and jazz (International Jazz Day and World Poetry Day really do exist) women have a dedicated day each year to champion our cause - this is in spite of making up 50% of the population. And no doubt we still need it. Maybe there will be a time in the future when people wonder why we have ...

Stop pointing at the bumps!

So women are fasting and over-exercising during pregnancy to avoid weight gain - "Pregorexia", which is a dangerous obsession with staying slim while pregnant, is on the rise, according to a recent article in Grazia. They are desperate to maintain their pre-pregnancy figures as far as possible, and to avoid putting on weight that will be difficult ...