Saturday 21 October 2017

The downright misogyny of the State makes me furious

'When my first baby was due I cried with happiness - and sadness as I knew there was no choice between my lovely demanding job and a new baby. Either the job or the baby had to go and, of course, it was the job' Stock photo: Getty Images/Blend Images
'When my first baby was due I cried with happiness - and sadness as I knew there was no choice between my lovely demanding job and a new baby. Either the job or the baby had to go and, of course, it was the job' Stock photo: Getty Images/Blend Images

Ann Cahill

Sometimes, it's not nice to be right. I'm afraid I didn't expect the Government and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to right the deliberate wrong against mainly women in this week's Budget.

It was just another sign that the State is strongly prejudiced against women - downright misogynistic really. I'm as furious with myself as with those in power because I bought the package all those years ago and tried to be a good citizen, doing everything by the book.

I battled my way to a journalism course that limited its female intake to 25pc; I forfeited a job to the male who did less well in the final exams; I learnt my trade, paid my rent, signed up for more study and put my foot on that ladder to climb high.

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