Herstory: Ireland of Equals
Date: Friday 16 March
Venue: Freemasons Grand Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
Doors: 6pm & Start: 6.30
As part of the St. Patrick’s Festival, Herstory will host events in landmark locations around Dublin city celebrating women’s stories throughout history.
Generations of pioneering Irish women played a crucial role in the development of democracy in their own country and around the world. As we approach the centenary of the partial enfranchisement of Irish women, it is vital that we honour these women and their contribution to Irish and world history, and it is fitting that we do in the heart of Irish democracy.
In the Decade of Centenaries, egalitarian partnerships, personal and professional, from history and contemporary culture will be explored. You will discover that in nearly every remarkable woman’s biography, there was a man who saw her as an equal. Speakers reveal the dynamic duos who spearheaded the 1916 Rising and the Suffrage Movement at home in Ireland and abroad. ‘Ireland of Equals’ was the 1916 vision. Once perceived as visionary, the time has come to make it a reality.
Speakers include the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Senia Paseta (Professor of Modern History, Oxford University), Colm O' Gorman (CEO of Amnesty Ireland), Dr. Micheline Sheehy-Skefﬁngton (Women’s Rights Activist and granddaughter of Hanna & Francis Sheehy-Skefﬁngton), Dr. Mary Mc Auliffe (Historian and Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UCD). Each speaker is followed with a performance by young contemporary poets Rebecca T. Kealy, Melissa Ridge and Felicia Oulsanya.