Category: ireland

Constance Markievicz (1868-1927) was an Irish politician who, in 1918,
became the first woman elected to the Westminster Parliament as a
representative of Dublin, though she did not take her seat.

She was a proponent of Irish
independence and a campaigner for female suffrage. As Minister of Labour in Ireland,
she was the first female minister in Europe and one of the first in the world.

(b. 1944) was the president of Ireland
between 1990 and 1997. She was the first woman to hold this position, and is
regarded as an important figure in the liberalisation of the country.

She resigned from the presidency in order to
become UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was active in numerous other
organisations such as the European Climate Foundation or the World Justice
Project. She later became the first female Chancellor of the University of

Mary Lee (1821-1909) was an
Irish-Australian suffragist and social reformer. She campaigned extensively for
women’s and children’s rights in South Australia.

She was part of a group that campaigned for
child labour laws and better working condition for women, among others; in
1885, the group’s efforts led to the age of consent being raised from 13 to 16.
She helped create the South Australian Women’s Suffrage League in 1889 – women were
granted the vote five years later.

was a microbiologist and academic from Ireland. She was the first female Deputy
President and Registrar of University College Dublin.

She studied at University College and Trinity
College Dublin, earning a PhD in Microbiology. She became the chairwoman of the
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 1996, making her one of the
most influential persons in Irish education.

Mary, Lady Heath (1896-1939)
was an Irish aviator, and one of the most famous women of her time. She was
also an accomplished athlete and Britain’s first women’s javelin champion.

Her education was undertaken at the Royal
College of Science in Ireland, where she was one of very few women in the
institution. She obtained her flying license in 1927, the first woman in
Britain to do so. Her fame was owed to feats such as being the first pilot to
ever fly a small open-cockpit airplane from Cape Town to London, and the first
woman to parachute out of a plane.

Why the “Yes’ vote won so decisively in Ireland’s abortion referendum:

So many women have died due to the government not keeping it’s word on the mother having just as much right to live as a fetus, Irish women just aren’t taking it anymore. Reading about the women dying of cancer particularly shook me.

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was an Irish artist who achieved prominence for her work during the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Her work varied from large murals to embroidery.

One of her most celebrated works are the murals she created for the church now known as the Mansfield Traquair centre, which has been called ‘the Sistine Chapel of Edinburgh’. She was elected as the first female member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1920.

Above: Self-portrait, 1911, and Salvation of Mankind, 1886-1893

SBS Australia:

I was just watching something today about a soccer coach and the way they were talking about him, you’d think he single handedly saved an entire nation. The hero worship of athletes is absolutely ridiculous. Just because you’re a man that plays well with balls (or a puck), doesn’t mean you should be able to do whatever you want to whomever you want. This is actually the main reason I’m not into most sports. I just can’t comfortably watch a bunch of rich rapists running around. It’s sick that this is a thing anywhere let alone THE ENTIRE WORLD. Your boy can play a game. A GAME. He’s never saved a life, never did anything for anyone but himself, but he’s the man you worship. WOMEN ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY GAME PERIOD. GROW UP BOYS!!!

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) was an influential Irish
writer, of both children and adult’s literature. She is considered one of the
first realists in children’s literature, and is regarded as an important figure
in the evolution of the European novel.

She had progressive views on issues of marriage
and women’s rights, and advocated strongly for the self-realization and independence
of women. Her novels include Belinda, Helen,
and The Absentee, but she also wrote
non-fiction, such as the progressive Practical

(b. 1930) is an Irish novelist, lauded as one of the greatest writers of
the century. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the European
Prize for Literature and the Irish PEN Award.

Her first novel, The Country Girls,
was published in 1960 and deals with controversial sexual and social issues
which led it to be banned at the time. She has 18 other novels, along with
several collections of short stories and poems.