Girls Aloud: ‘We have more choices, we can play with a football or a doll’

For International Day of the Girl we asked: what’s good and what’s bad about being a girl

 

Eve Cullen, (6), Thurles, Co Tipperary

What’s good about being a girl? Boys don’t know everything, girls do. Girls can play hurling, but boys are not allowed play camogie. Girls can dance.

What’s bad?: Sometimes, I want a beard.

Ellen Cullen, (10), Thurles, Co Tipperary

What’s good about being a girl? Girls have more choices – I can wear pants or a pretty dress, play with a football or a doll, Xbox or paint my nails. Boys are told what they can and can’t do.

What’s bad? Giving birth. I heard it’s tricky and sore.

Amy Turley (14), Co Louth

What’s good about being a girl? I feel it’s good being a girl because there are more options for clothes and you can dress up in whatever you want.

What’s bad? I think there are fewer options for sports available to girls and also girls’ teams aren’t prioritised as much as the boys’ teams.

Ava Byrne (6), Dublin

What’s good about being a girl? I think it’s good being a girl because you get to be really sporty.

What’s bad? I don’t think there’s anything bad about being a girl. In fact I don’t think there’s much bad about being a boy or a girl.

Sophie Turley (13), Co Louth

What’s good about being a girl? One good thing about being a girl is you don’t get bald when you get older. And girls are good at multitasking.

What’s bad? A bad thing about being a girl is you don’t get the same facilities and support in sport as boys.

Ella Broderick (5), Palmerstown, Dublin 20

What’s good about being a girl? I can wear beautiful dresses and make-up when I’m older.

What’s bad? Nothing, absolutely Nothing, I love being a girl.

Anna Golden (17), Galway

What’s good about being a girl? I think it’s pretty amazing that I’m struggling to answer either of these questions. If I were a boy would my life be any better or worse? I don’t think so.

What’s bad? Unfortunately that’s not the case in the vast majority of places, particularly in certain developing countries where the quality of girls’ lives are defined by their gender. Being a girl can mean discrimination, intimidation, child marriage, sexual assault, FGM and a denial of basic human rights. To eliminate these problems and achieve gender equality we need campaigns like the UN’s He for She campaign and Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign and above all, education.

Ava Morgan (7), Dublin

What’s good about being a girl? The best thing about being a girl is being able to dress the way you want and style your hair and play with make-up and you can have a better bedroom than a boy.

What’s bad? If you have brothers and they are mean to you sometimes

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