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Monday 11 December 2017

Sarah Webb: I want my girl to be strong, smart and independent

Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb

SARAH WEBB is a writer for both children and adults. Her latest book, The Songbird Cafe: Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake, is in bookshops now. She has an 11-year daughter and two boys.

"My daughter is eleven and I'm keen for her to be a strong, smart, independent girl. At the moment she wants to be a dentist or a vet and I'm encouraging her to work hard in school and think about doing science subjects in senior school if she wants to pursue those careers.

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"I try to treat each of my children equally at home - I also have two boys. They all have jobs around the house and they all have to help out with washing, the dog, tidying up etc.

"We have no weighing scales in the house and I try never to say 'I look fat' or 'I don't look great today' in front of her. I try to be positive about my body and encourage her to eat healthy meals and get involved in sport.

"I also encourage her to read books with strong girl role models - The Hunger Games for example and some of the Jacqueline Wilson books where the girls take charge of situations. As a writer, I may be biased of course, but I think fiction has an important role to play in girls' (and boys') lives and there are some great books out there for young teenagers.

"I'd like to say that since I was 11, as my daughter is now, things have changed, but I feel that women are still not treated equally.

"Irish girls have the right to be educated, but this is not the case in other countries. There are 66 million girls around the world who are denied an education because of their gender.

"I am absolutely 100% a feminist. I believe my daughter and my sons should be treated equally. If my daughter wants to be a dentist, I'll do everything in my power to help her get there."

 

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