“I remember so vividly my mother and I sitting down to watch the results of the General Election on the television. We would sit in front of the TV, following the numbers closely, and comment on everything that was happening. My father would come in and say: ‘I’d like to watch some sports!’ and we would just say: ‘Sorry, you can’t, the count is on!’ I always looked forward to those days. It was like a little family holiday in its own weird way… Those days were fundamental for me having an interest in politics. My mother and I used to chat about the lack of women in politics and my mother would say, ‘the world would be a better place if more women helped run it.’ When I grew up I wanted to do something to help change things and that’s when I got involved in Women for Election. Women for Election is not only about women, it’s about getting the right balance for democracy. So when a mother and a daughter decide to sit down and watch the elections they can see inspiring women at the front and they don’t have to feel weird for having an interest in politics.”
This is Michelle O’Donnell Keating. She is the co-founder of WomenforElection, winning the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award in 2011. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is now OPEN for applications from people with ideas and projects to solve social problems with 350,000 euro in funding and support available. Don’t let a good idea go to waste! Find out more HERE!