03/07/2012 05:12 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 01:48 EDT

International Women's Day: Interview With 10-Year-Old Nina

Tonya Martin

For International Women's Day 2012, the theme is 'connecting girls and futures.' The Huffington Post Canada is asking girls and women what matters the most to them. Join the conversation with the hashtag #womenof2012 or leave us a comment to answer any of the questions below.

Name: Nina

Age: 10

Club: Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C., Kimount Boys & Girls Club

City: Vancouver, B.C.

Grade: 5

Who is your biggest influence?

My mom.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing girls your age today?

Stereotypes like girls should wear pink. I think that if someone tells a girl that they are not a girl because they don’t act or look like one, then the girl might not feel like herself anymore.

Who are your ideal female icons?

Roberta Bondar, she was the first Canadian woman to go to space and she didn’t care about what other men felt about her. She inspired lots of other Canadian woman to go to space, too.

Do you think there's equality between boys and girls in your school?

Not equal because boys and men seem stronger and more athletic and they get more opportunities than girls.

Do you think a female prime minister would be any different than a male? Why and how?

A female prime minister would understand girl’s problems more then a male does.

Do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?

It’s important because everyone should treat women the same way that you should treat men. Other people need to understand how women feel and how they have been treated.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an artist.

How you feel about women represented in the media, film and pop culture? Can you see yourself in any of them?

I think that sometimes the media might change a celebrity’s personality or looks. This could cause problems because women in pop culture have the power to change girl’s lives. If girls see another girl on TV they might want to change to fit in or be popular. I don’t want to change myself because of how other people look at me, I just care about how I look at myself.

What do you consider 'female' attributes?:

Girls don’t just think about themselves, they think about the people around them, too. Girls care about other people’s feelings.

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