Niamh Pattwell is a lecturer at the School of English, Drama and Film Studies in University College Dublin and has published in the area of Medieval English Literature which is her field of specialisation. Before returning to full-time study in University College Cork (M.A.) and Trinity College, Dublin (Ph.D.), Niamh worked as a secondary school teacher in Bunclody, Wexford and in her home town of Clonakitly in West Cork. Running and yoga are one of her favourite ways to relax and she is currently in training for the Cork City Marathon which takes place on the 6th of June.
Because I am a Girl I ask…that women might participate even more fully in the adminstrative and policy-making of our education system.
Because I am a Girl I believe…in equal access to education for all, regardless of gender, class, race or other difference.
Because I am a Girl I hope…that I too can inspire my nieces, by example, to be all that they can be.
Because I am a Girl I wonder…about the continued use of women’s bodies to sell everything from cars to beer.
Because I am a Girl I dream…of a world where the dignity of every person is respected and celebrated.
Because I am a Girl I remember…and am inspired by the women who made a vibrant contribution to my education and to the larger field of education, not least the founders of the religious congregations, all of whom had a vision for a better world.
Because I am a Girl I like…to exercise rights that were not available to my forebears, including my right to vote and opportunites for further education.
Because I am a Girl I dislike…the fact that some men feel the right to make leering noises at women as I run on the roads in preparation for my upcoming marathon.
Because I am a Girl I feel proud…of the many women writers that have contributed to our literary heritage
Because I am a Girl I…am committed to encouraging all of my students to achieve their full potential.
– Niamh Patwell