‘‘It’s a day to recognise the women in history and it’s a day to motivate women even further.’’ Katie O’Riordan, Students Union Vice President

What does International Woman’s Day mean to you?

It’s a day to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. It’s a day to recognise the women in history and it’s a day to motivate women even further.

Can you tell us about your own role in AIT and a little about your background?

My name is Katie O’Riordan, I am 23 Years old and I’m originally from Cork. I studied Dental Nursing for 2 Years followed by a Bachelor of Science in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion.

I am currently Deputy President for Education and Communications in the Students’ Union. My main role is helping students who may be dealing with educational issues, financial issues or any issues that they feel are affecting their academic progression. My work always varies and I enjoy meeting and helping students on a daily basis. It is an extremely rewarding job.

What do you think we can be doing to inspire and encourage more young people?

In my job I find that encouragement comes from empathy. We need to remind the youth of today of all the achievements they have achieved to date and how important they are in today’s society, after all they are our future.

You need to believe in someone when they have no belief left. Remind them of how powerful they really are.

What women have had the greatest Impact on your life, and why? (a real women from your life or historic).

Rachel Monaghan - Galway Camoige Player/ AIT Camoige Player. Rachel started playing camoige for Galway at the age of 14 and has been an active member ever since. She puts her heart and soul into every game she plays at club, college and county level. Rachel received ‘The AIB Toughest Award’ in 2015. I only met Rachel 3 years ago here in AIT and her passion and commitment for her sport is something that stood out from the moment I met her. Ever since I met her she has instilled confidence and motivation into every game I have been luckily enough to play, alongside her at college level. Rachel is representing the huge change in female sports in Ireland along with many other women.

What is your greatest achievement in work to date?

Being elected for my role last March.

What do I want most for the women of tomorrow?

Respect, especially in sport. Females playing sport need and deserve a lot more recognition.

Every woman should have Choice.

What advice will you give to your younger self

One thing I would tell my younger self is to not worry too much about what people think. I learned over the years that no matter what you do you can’t always please everybody. You will simply not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s ok, keep your blinkers on and keep doing what makes you happy. Don’t worry too much, whatever will be will be. I live by the Quote “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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