Emily Hourican is a journalist and editor. She writes regularly for the Sunday Independent and Image magazine, and contributes to Conde Nast Traveller and Woman & Home in the UK. She edits Hospitality Ireland, a magazine for the hotel and restaurant sector, and was founding editor of The Dubliner magazine. She has three children and lives in Dublin.
Because I am a Girl I ask…for the moon, but I know how to be content with less.
Because I am a Girl I believe…I’m just as good as the boys (secretly, maybe a little bit better), but that it’s not a battle.
Because I am a Girl I hope...that I am a good role model to my daughter, and that she grows up to think feminism is cool.
Because I am a Girl (and a mother) I wonder…If boys aren’t actually the weaker sex, in need of more patience, imagination and kindness than girls. Or maybe I’m just an Irish mother…
Because I am a Girl I dream…constantly, but I also know the difference between dreams and reality, and that reality is way better.
Because I am a Girl I remember…that without parents who gave me a good education and encouraged me to think and try, I wouldn’t have had many choices at all. It’s not who you are, it’s what you’ve been taught to expect.
Because I am a Girl I like…other girls, especially the ones who are funny, sassy and smart.
Because I am a Girl I dislike…the notion that girls’ interests (gossip, clothes, Jilly Cooper) are trite, but that there’s something serious or worthy about men’s obsession with sport. Face it people, these are two sides of the same coin. Its goof-time, nothing more or less (and knowing the names of every player who ever scored for Man Utd does not make you a savant…)
Because I am a Girl I feel…lucky to have a mother who has never had a conventional thought or response in her life. She’s a hard act to follow, but an inspiration to try.
Because I am a Girl I…know the value of earning my own money and being able to make my own decisions. But I also know it’s a huge privilege to be able to do so.
– Emily Hourican