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Why are we allowing men to dominate the great debates?

Today, let's discuss the need to feminise Irish life. If you're a man, don't panic, this won't involve colour swatches – it's concerned with building a more rounded society, which fulfils its potential.

Ireland may not be stuck in the Dark Ages, but neither is the country representative of the people living here. On TV and radio news programmes, the voices and faces, the viewpoints expressed, tend to be male. This deficit hobbles public debate.

In fairness, it must be acknowledged that the first female head of a public company was appointed this week, with Siobhan Talbot due to take over as Glanbia group managing director at the end of the year. Some women, as the writer Gloria Steinem memorably observed, are becoming the men we wanted to marry.

Read the full article on the Independent website here

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