My childhood was spent in Northern Ireland during ‘the Troubles’ of the 1970’s. My family was Catholic, at a time when Catholics were treated as second-class citizens. There were no Catholics in positions of power.
No Catholic police officers, civil servants, and no ministers. No role models.
We could have just accepted the message that we were somehow not good enough and didn’t deserve better. Instead, I was raised in an environment of “Why shouldn’t I?”