Because I Am A Girl

March 16, 2012

Daily Digest

Because I Am  A Girl

I was flattered to be asked to write a guest blog for Plan Ireland’s Because I am a Girl campaign which helps the world’s most vulnerable and neglected group – girls. We know that, given the chance, girls will break out of poverty, support their families and encourage their communities to develop alongside them.

Here it is:

Because I am a Girl I ask…that I’m treated the same and not discriminated against because of my gender.

Because I am a Girl I believe…that life is a journey, not a destination.

Because I am a Girl I hope…for good health and a life of laughter for those closest to me.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…how my mother does it all; how she coped when her husband, mother and brother all died within a year of each other and took early retirement from her teaching job to run a farm.

Because I am a Girl I dream…of a walk in wardrobe like Carrie had on Sex and the City and that women should not have to conform to stereotypical roles in life.

Because I am a Girl I remember…the warm fuzzy feeling of falling in love and the moments I share with that person every day.

Because I am a Girl I like…dressing up, partying, shopping and spending time with my friends and family.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…how women still earn less than men in the workplace, how bitchy girls can be, begrudgery and how good spatial awareness when driving is sometimes beyond me.

Because I am a Girl I feel…grateful for the kind of education and upbringing I’ve received and the ability to pass on my knowledge and skills to others through my work and family life.

Because I am a Girl I…am inspired by all the fighting females you’ve featured here and that we’ve somehow helped raise awareness in our own communities for gender discrimination in the developing world through the  Because I am a Girl campaign.

Visit the Plan Ireland website here to donate to the Fund

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