Throughout October, we at Liberti have been chatting to girls of all ages to find out what it’s like being a girl today. Last week we spoke to some tiny humans, and this week we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child with Megan, 13, Kylie, 12, Paige, 14, Lucie, 14, Izzy, 13, Milly, 12, and Ella, 12. Make sure you check out part three of our girl child interviews next week.
Kylie: It means you can be a mum. You’re more looked after. There are more dress styles. You’re more gentle and you feel you can be more open.
Milly: Yeah the fashion is better. You’re more cared for and you can do your hair and wear make up.
Ella: When people say: “You’re really good at that, for a girl.”
Megan: You’re always expected to look your best. Also, hormones, puberty and men being sexist.
Kylie: Sexism, puberty, hormones, more emotional, more worries, more self-conscious, men.
Milly: Going through puberty, being emotional, feeling self-conscious, and boys.
Izzy: When we’re compared to boys and seen as “weaker”.
Kylie: No way as bad I don’t think.
Lucie: I think they do, but less of the time. And when they do they feel like they can’t show it.
Lucie: Most of the time, yes. I don’t think that they have it easier with their feelings, because they are told that as men they shouldn’t cry or show that they’re upset. But I think they have it easier with pretty much everything else.
Paige: Especially the pressure of appearance. As girls we feel like we need make-up, to have our hair a certain way or to change the way we dress in order to “look good”. But actually, the way things are going now boys are starting to feel a little pressured in having their hair a certain way and clothes too.
Kylie: My mum.
Lucie: Yeah same.
Izzy: My mum.
Lucie: Being judged and failing exams.
Kylie: Men and boys letting us down. How I look. Stranger danger. Being pregnant and it being painful or something going wrong. I’ve had bad experiences with relationships and worry about trusting someone again. I worry about friendships: to be there for everyone, being in the middle of arguments and trying to impress them. And when you’re hormonal, you don’t know if you will be happy again.
Milly: Yeah same as Kylie.
Kylie: I want to do student support in a high school.
Megan: I want to be an interior designer or garden designer. Or maybe a meteorologist and do the weather on the news. I’d like to live in a nice home in the countryside with my husband and kids. I would also have to have my parents living with me because they would be too old and crippled to take care of themselves! It might be worth pointing out that Megan’s mum is Liberti’s Editor.
Izzy: I’d either want to be an interior designer or work in a cafe. And live in a nice home and have a family.
Ella: I would want to be an interior designer, sports teacher or something to do with sports. I would also like to live happily with a husband and have some lovely kids.
Lucie: I want to be a business manager or business lawyer.
Paige: I want to go to university and get a degree in creative writing and hopefully become a writer and inspire others.
Milly: I’m not sure what I want to be. Maybe something creative?
Milly: Be yourself!
Megan: I would tell them not to worry what other people think of you – be unique.
Paige: Do what makes you happy and be kind to everyone despite how they treat you in return.
Izzy: Don’t listen to anything bad that people say about you, just the positive things! Do what makes you happy and try to complete your dreams no matter how hard they may be.