Kathleen MacMahon: The fear factor that drives women on

Looking back at her own struggles with self-confidence over the years, the writer hopes for a smoother journey for her children

Kathleen MacMahon: ‘I am nothing if not empowered, so why has my brain been wired as if I’m not?‘ Picture: Fergal Phillips

When my twin girls were small, one of the things we loved to do was go on a shopping spree to H&M. We’d load up our arms with gorgeous colours and patterns and pile into a changing room. “Yes!” they’d say, looking in the mirror. “This works!” They’d try on another outfit – “This looks great on me” – and another – “This one works too!”

If I could have bottled their confidence and fed ...