The Women of Ireland – International Women’s Day Lecture
Katie Liddane Univ. of Northumbria
Ireland’s women’s history exists in the shadow of the stories of the great Irishmen that we’ve all heard time and time again. However, the decade of centenaries and the ongoing struggle for gender equality has encouraged academia and pop culture alike to shed light on these women’s stories of hope, resilience and power. A history of Ireland’s women is a story of people who had to fight to to get even first, before they achieved their place in history; but who then fought to survive, fought for what they believed in and fought to improve the lives of others. This International Women’s Day, we look back onto Ireland’s great history of women. From politicians and activists to queens and pirates we will reveal the solidarity, strength and success that the women of Ireland have shared throughout history. This lecture is especially pertinent as today’s young Irish women reach back into the past as inspiration to improve our present.