Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mary Kenny: am I a feminist? are you?

International Women's Day is an occasion to examine our values

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

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.

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