Marisa Mackle, author

Marisa Mackle, novelist

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

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15 Responses to Marisa Mackle, author

  1. Ali O' Reilly says:

    Well said!

  2. Greg Canty says:

    Wow ! What a terrific blog, powerful stuff indeed Marisa.

    By the way, we’re not all that bad and we do work hard as well (most of the time!)


  3. Jo Skehan says:

    I enjoyed your blog Marisa, and your wishes can be copied for the girls of this country too and no doubt most free Western civilisations. Let’s hope and pray it all comes true one day in the not too distant future.
    It would be nice to think we are making a difference in the poorer countries too, especially where women are treated as slaves and have no rights such as in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Keep up the good work of bringing this to the attention of the general public and those in authority alike. xx

  4. Marisa Mackle says:

    Thanks so much, Greg. I certainly don’t wish to come across as anti-men in my blog. I am merely drawing attention to the fact that unfortunately, women are often paid less for doing the exact same work as men and I hope that this will not continue to happen. My experience with this particular ex-colleague was just an example and if anybody else has had such an experience I would love to hear about it. I am looking for equality in the workplace and I hope our daughters and our sons have the exact same chances as they go through their lives. Thanks again, Marisa

  5. Susanne Gore says:

    Marisa, many of your thoughts above echo my own thoughts and wishes for both myself and my own two children. I wish for a better and safer world for them, I wish for a whole world of equal opportunities to be available to my daughter as I know are already available to my son and I hope that I am raising my son to respect women and to treat them as equals both personally and professionally.

  6. Jane says:

    Very well put Marisa! I can tell you will be a very good mother to your son. x

  7. Lisa Birdsall says:

    Marisa, I want to say how greatful I am that you are spreading this very important message around the world. It has reached me here in the United States and I am so grateful. Women and children are the building blocks of every society and we need to be treated with the love and respect each of us deserves. Thank you for spreading this message so far and so wide!!

  8. Alisha B. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog Melissa. It could not possibly contain more of the truth, women even after all these years of fighting for equal rights, still have to claw their way to the top of their fields… with little support and less pay. Not only do we have to fight harder, we also have to find a way to raise children (in some cases) single handedly, pay our bills, deal with men making sexual comments and still put on a happy face so the world thinks we are full of happiness and lack any insecurities. One day I have faith that the “glass ceiling” will crack and the world will see how important we are and treat us completely equal. As a homosexual woman myself, things seem even more bleak. Although I know seeing the glass half full is very important and one day things will change. Thank you for you brilliant insight Melissa, you are such an inspiration to me, my life partner, my daughter, my sister….thank you for telling the world what we can’t. Much love…<3<3

  9. Gabriela Sinevici says:

    Wow fantastic work Marissa .I read through it and you are so damn right . Its such an honor to have you as my friend and to be able to learn good things from you. You are an example for me and you have thought me many things about life . Great stuff xxx

  10. Avril Kelly says:

    Aw love this, all well said!!

    I definatly agree with the not feeling safe to walk around, and to answer the door…. 😉 x

  11. Aideen Flanagan Mahady says:

    Powerstuff Marisa, i really enjoyed your blog. I agree whole heartedly with you. You are doing great work, just hope something can be done to change things. But it is a male domanent world we live in.. I am not anti man by any means, but facts are facts.
    A. xxx

  12. Beautiful written Marisa and so true. well done.

  13. Ricky says:

    Her comments are heart-felt without being over-sentimental. I love this lady’s work. Her insight is outstanding, x

  14. Maureen says:

    Awesome Marisa… keep it coming!

  15. Maria Corr says:

    I am so glad I came across this blog. I love Marisa’s writing and I find her inspirational. She has a very tongue-in-cheek humour and her humour translates to women in many countries as her books have been translated into so many languages. Although she is a hugely successful writer and a doting mother, she champions the underdog and is not afraid to speak her mind. I am familiar with some of the trojan charity work that Marisa does on behalf of childrens’ and animal charities, but I am thrilled to see her getting behind the Because I am a Girl campaign. Even in today’s world, women are still lagging too far behind in the corporate and political worlds and do not get the support they deserve, nor do they get the credit for being able to juggle so many things at once. Here in the developped world we don’t know how lucky we are to have access to education. It is really unthinkable that in this day and age millions of intelligent girls and women are not able to read and write. I hope this will change soon. We ALL need to get behind this campaign and get the word out. Well done to Marisa, and indeed, all the bloggers here. They have opened my eyes to what it still going on in the world and the inequality that still unfortunately exists in 2011.

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