Friday 24 February 2017

Why do women still have to prove themselves?

Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

Entrepreneur Norah Casey. Photo: Tony Gavin
Entrepreneur Norah Casey. Photo: Tony Gavin

An American grandmother aged 68 made world headlines this week because she bravely tried to "power on" and work through pneumonia.

OK, Hillary Clinton is no ordinary granny; she is attempting to become the first female president of the United States. But instead of being commended for her stoicism and unwillingness to give into illness, she may lose out in her quest for this top prize.

Over on this side of the pond, one of Ireland's best-known businesswomen, broadcaster Norah Casey, was in the news after working through a ruptured appendix, a foolishness which forced her to undergo emergency surgery. The publishing boss sought medical attention only when her 17-year-old son demanded she do so.

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