Mary Kenny: am I a feminist? are you?
International Women's Day is an occasion to examine our values
Feminism, like many "isms", changes with each generation. And so it should. Change is a sign of development, adaptation and survival.
Perhaps surprisingly, nuns were often a source of feminist ideas. Nuns came in 40 shades of personality types, just like everyone else, but they had great dedication to girls' education. The most withering judgement a nun might make was: "You'll end up working at Woolworth's." (At one time considered a downmarket store.)
My girlhood heroines were Joan of Arc, the dancer Anna Pavlova and Iris Kellet, equestrienne ace of the Dublin Horse Show.