RTE weather presenter I would call myself a feminist. It means I am proud to promote and support other women in our pursuit for equality. Feminism can be seen as a dirty word, and misconstrued sometimes as embodying an aggressive and pushy woman. This is far from the truth. It degrades the word feminism. It is a complete misunderstanding of what the word means.
Remember, some men have been great advocates for the feminist movement too, a perfect example being [writer and activist] Francis Sheehy-Skeffington. I love the fact that when, as Francis Skeffington, he married Hannah Sheehy, they both took each other’s surname. It made a clear statement about the equality in the relationship.
I am not fan of gender quotas. I think a person should get any job because they are the best person for that job — be they male or female. Sometimes women may not be the most suitable for a position because she hasn’t been able to work outside the home for a number of years, while rearing her children.
If childcare was more affordable, maybe more women would feel supported economically and better able to stay in the workforce. The system needs to help women, not hinder them.
If feminism really is unfair on men, it will make them see first-hand what women go through. Then I’m quite sure things will change for the better for women much quicker!