Miriam O'Callaghan: 'They can be whatever they want to be, so long as they work hard'
MIRIAM O'CALLAGHAN is a broadcaster. She has four daughters, all in their twenties: Alannah,
Clara and twins Georgia and Jessica, as well as four boys.
"I don't really believe in giving too much verbal advice in life - I am a firm believer in teaching by example. I mean what is gender equality or feminism other than just a basic belief in fairness, decency, equality and fair play.
"What I have said to my four daughters all their lives, and continue to say to them, is that they are wonderful and talented and beautiful inside and out, and to know that, and to believe in themselves.
"I tell them - and I tell the same to my four sons, even the youngest little nine-year-old who looks at me bemused wondering what I am talking about - that they are as good as everyone else in this world, men and women, not better - but just as good - so they can be and do whatever they want in this world.
"I also constantly add that they can be whatever they want, so long as they work really hard and treat everyone they meet with kindness.
"That's the advice I give them about being young women, and to not focus on the issues of gender equality - just get out and do whatever it is they want to do, and ignore anyone who is negative who may try, for whatever reason, to stand in their way.
"Be grateful, I also tell them, for their life - it is precious, and never ever forget that."