Marisa Mackle is one of Ireland’s best known and successful authors. She has written 10 books, including Chinese Whispers, So Long Mr. Wrong and the No1. Irish bestseller Mr. Right for the Night.
Her books have been translated into 10 different languages and have been sold across the world. As well as novels Marisa also writes for a number of national newspapers.
Because I am a Girl I ask … why am I lucky enough to be a single mother, allowed to bring up my son and shower him with love and affection when my own grandmother was forced to give hers up for adoption just because she, like me, was unwed.
Because I am a Girl I believe … that every female should choose to marry the man of her choice or else feel free to stay single. I believe that every woman must have the choice to leave a man who is not treating her they way she wants to be treated. Women should never excuse a man’s bad behaviour or infidelity.
Because I am a Girl I hope … to bring up my son to respect women. I hope to bring him up as somebody who loves nature, long walks and the smell of wild flowers. I hope to teach him about God but also hope that he will go to Mass said by women priests.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … when Irish companies will realise that there is a need to provide adequate crèche facilities for their female employees so that they do not have to make that heart-breaking decision between going back to work and staying at home.
Because I am a Girl I dream … of a world without greed and war and I dream of a world where men who abuse women and children are so severely punished that they will never abuse again and that their whereabouts and privacy are not protected from the public.
Because I am a Girl I remember … having to work three times harder than a male office colleague for a third of his salary. I remember him trying to undermine my work and bully me by using foul language in front of me and make sexist remarks about other women.
Because I am a Girl I like … to shop but I am also very mindful of where I buy my clothes. A bargain for me is never a bargain if a young girl’s hands were cut and blistered making that garment. There’s always a reason why something is so cheap.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … men who will give a job to a man over a woman just because he feels that the woman will probably go on to have a family. I dislike the way there is usually just one or two token women on the board of management of most major Irish companies.
Because I am a Girl I feel … unsafe walking around my own city at night. I feel unsafe getting into taxis on my own at night and I feel unsafe answering my own front door because criminals are let out to re-offend.
Because I am a Girl I … am happy to be a novelist. Every day I get to live the dream I once dreamed of. But I know that I am lucky enough to have been offered an education. There are millions of girls in the world with stories to tell. The problem is that they don’t know how to write.
– Marisa Mackle