Note from Plan Ireland: Since this blog was first posted, Kate Fitzgerald has sadly passed away. Kate’s passion, dedication and creativity shine through her own words in the blog.
We remember Kate through these words; her hopes for strength through adversity, her gratefulness for opportunities she had been given, her endless dreaming, unselfish loving and her acknowledgement that small acts of kindness can be life changing.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Kate Fitzgerald is a PR Consultant at The Communications Clinic. She is a former Chairperson of the US Democratic Party Abroad in Ireland (the youngest leader in the organisation at the time).
Kate was born in California to an American mother and Irish father, and spent much of her early years travelling. She studied International Relations at Dublin City University.
She is a dedicated runner, and ran the Women’s Mini Marathon to raise funds for the “Because I am a Girl” campaign in June.
Because I am a Girl I ask… “How can I be useful?”
Because I am a Girl I hope… That every day I crawl closer to becoming the woman my mother taught me to be – smart, gracious and kind. Above all of these things I hope I inherited her strength in the face of adversity.
Because I am a Girl I wonder… What the world would be like if every girl was given the opportunities that I was given.
Because I am a Girl I dream… Incessantly. Not all of my dreams are realistic. I probably won’t win the lottery any time soon. I probably won’t change an unkind person’s behaviour. I probably won’t change the entire world before lunchtime tomorrow. I probably won’t be able to afford that dress. But a girl can dream, can’t she? Besides, without my dreams, I would have nothing to aim for, and life would be unthinkably dull.
Because I am a Girl I remember… That I have more love than I could possibly know what to do with. And that loving unselfishly makes light of even the heaviest burden. Even if it takes a little while to get the hang of it.
Because I am a Girl I like…To stop occasionally and add up little acts of kindness others have shown me. These are often very simple gifts – a cup of coffee, a handwritten note, or change for the bus. They may seem little at the time, but when added up, they change the course of my day, and as a result, my entire life.
Because I am a Girl I dislike… How hard I am on myself, and how hard other girls are on themselves. We are our own worst critics. We all need to give ourselves a break.
Because I am a Girl I feel… Indebted to the women who suffered to pave the way for me to be successful. I also feel a duty to find solutions for those who will come after me.
Because I am a Girl I… Know that for as long as women have been women – mothers, daughters, sisters, employees, citizens – they have grabbed a hold of their own little corner of the world and tried to make it perfect. We are caretakers. We do not have time for self pity. We know what is most important in life, and we work tirelessly to guard it. For as long as our little corner of the world is ours, and those we love are depending on us, our strength knows no bounds. And because of this, we must support women around the world in guarding their own little corners.
– Kate Fitzgerald