Monday 12 November 2018

When you educate a woman, you educate her whole family

Incoming TCD SU President Lynn Ruane with Tánaiste Joan Burton and RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan at the Shelbourne Hotel for An Cosán International Women’s Day lunch
Incoming TCD SU President Lynn Ruane with Tánaiste Joan Burton and RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan at the Shelbourne Hotel for An Cosán International Women’s Day lunch

Lynn Ruane

As a child I was very bright and eager to learn. My Dad would -test my spellings daily and my Mam would read with me each night. I joined the Enid Blyton fan club and was heavily involved in sports. I wanted to be a vet when I grew up.

However, something happens to enthusiastic and aspirational children as they move toward their teen age years. You begin to recognise that your parents and neighbours aren't doctors or pilots and that begins to shape your idea of what is expected of you.

It is not that you have any less potential than anyone else but you are faced with much more barriers than communities of a higher class. As a young child from Tallaght, much similar to my friends, I experienced death, hardship and trauma from a young age. Higher education becomes a faraway dream; a privilege and surviving becomes the norm.

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