Dear LeeLoo,

At some point we’ll have to start calling you by your actual name, instead of reserving it for times when you’ve done something wrong (which, admittedly, is quite often, at the moment). You’re not even two yet, but your mother swears you said my name the other day, and you’re running around the house destroying things or applying them to your face in an attempt to eat them. It’s good to be active, to have an inquisitive nature, but for the love of everything that is sacred, you could probably tone it down a little and give your parents a little bit of a break.

You have a strong will, and a strong grip to go with it. Don’t let that fade away – the world needs women like you. Challenge and learn from your brothers, even if they do annoy you. Seek out female role models, and remember that your mother can truly be your best friend. She is full of wisdom, and one of the best women I know.

There will, of course, be obstacles. Growing up is hard, and you don’t learn anything by getting a free pass through life. You will make friends and break hearts. You will learn that the world is afraid of strong women, but please don’t let that deter you.

Today is International Women’s Day, and while there are many achievements to celebrate, there are many more issues that are yet to be resolved. These range from the gender pay gap to the way women are portrayed in video games and in ‘male dominated’ industries. (By the way, get your father to teach you to play video games. You won’t regret it!)

I hope that I will be around to see you grow into a fantastic young woman. I hope that as each International Women’s Day goes by, we will be able to see that progress has been made. I hope that we will be able to give you, and all the women of your generation, a better, fairer world in which to live.

In the meantime, keep watching Peppa Pig and climbing clumsily onto chairs and coffee tables. And listen to your parents – they truly do have your best interests at heart (even if it doesn’t seem like it).

Yen-Rong (that weird person who keeps coming over to your house)

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