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International Women's Day: When I grow up, I want to be...

Doctors, teachers and vets — childhood dream jobs.

But these girls are sure it is what they will do.

They see themselves in the future, making art, saving lives, engaging minds.

To mark the 103rd International Women’s Day, 680News.com asked girls what they want to be when they grow up.

What better way to observe the global day of action than to highlight the aspirations of the women of our future?

We spoke to three girls about their ideal jobs, and three women who are working in those fields.

We asked the girls for questions they would like to ask.

Below is our virtual career day.

Sarah Ralph-Jamieson, 7, Oakville

International Women's Day 2013
Sarah Ralph-Jamieson, 7, of Oakville, says she wants to be an artist “because I really like painting.”

When seven-year-old Sarah grows up, she wants to be an artist.

“I really like painting,” she says. “Because it’s fun!”

She likes to make pictures of animals — especially koalas, pandas and tigers — self-portraits and landscapes.

Her favourite part of art class is painting.

“I make things out of clay and I do papier mache and painting,” she says.

“My favourite thing about it is the painting part.”

She loves “the purple colours and the peachy colours and the green colours.” And the pink colours, she later adds.

Sarah also takes jazz dance classes and likes to play with dolls, she says.

Sarah asks

Linda Abrahams is co-director of the Women’s Art Resource Centre, a gallery and research facility in Toronto that focuses on Canadian women artists.

Is it hard work?

Do you have to go to university?


Gaithtry Rameswaran, 9, Markham

International Women's Day 2013
Gaithtry Rameswaran, 9, of Markham, says she wants to be a doctor or a teacher because “I like to do jobs that are mostly helping [people.]”
When nine-year-old Gaithtry grows up, she wants to be a doctor or a teacher.

“Help ever, hurt never.”

Nine-year-old Gaithtry draws inspiration from the words she heard in her religion class.

She says they are behind her wish to become a doctor or a teacher — she is still trying to decide.

“After I heard that quote, I felt like doing a doctor job or a teacher job.”

“I like to do jobs that are mostly helping [people.]”

She says she likes to teach people, including her classmates, new things.

“If they don’t get something, I help them.”

“I feel happy because I’m helping someone, getting them a good grade.”

She loves math, language and arts. She likes to write poetry and short stories, too.

She also sings sangeetham, Tamil classical music.

Gaithtry asks

Pamela Joseph is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Toronto.

How do you provide quick treatment?

What education do you need to become a doctor?


Stephanie Rampat, 10, Markham

International Women's Day 2013
Stephanie Rampat, 10, of Markham, wants to be a teacher because “it makes me feel good to see people learn about different things that they didn’t know before.”

When 10-year-old Stephanie grows up, she wants to be a teacher.

“I want to know how other people learn,” she says.

“It makes me feel good to see people learn about different things that they didn’t know before.”

Stephanie would like to teach homeroom or gym, she says.

She loves to play basketball and swim.

Her favourite subjects are language, art and gym.

Her teachers inspire her. They are part of the reason she wants to teach, she says.

“I admire my teachers because they help me.”

“If I’m struggling with something, they can help you.”

Stephanie says she wants to be able to do that for others.

Stephanie asks

Jilvan Irandoust is a high school teacher in Toronto.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

How do you manage to find time for yourself with the workload?

How do you deal with “challenging” students?


What was your dream job as a child? Let us know in the comments section below.

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