Friday 19 January 2018

Helen Moorhouse: Let's face it, girls, sometimes women just can't have it all

I'M not a fan of ardent feminism, or country and western either, but occasionally, you have to agree that, yes, sometimes it's hard to be a woman.

Our foremothers would have clipped me around the ear for saying that – what with my dishwasher and education and elasticated underwear. And rightly so. The day-to-day problems of ye olde woman seem mind-numbingly dull to us modern girls. "Will this mutton feed 15 'til Tuesday?'' or "how do I wash sheets equipped with a bar of Sunlight and a depleted will to live?" They longed for education, freedom, jobs – stuff that we take for granted. Equality. And Hoovers. History's women would think that we have it all.

Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan forged a career in a tough game, juggled with the help of childminders and family, worked long hours and grasped opportunities to rise to the top.

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