1918 was a landmark year for women in Ireland and Britain, with legislation beginning the process of their inclusion in politics. Famously, in December 1918, Constance Markievicz became the first woman to be elected to the British House of Commons, only to abstain from taking her seat as a member of Sinn Féin.
GPO Witness History is proud to mark the centenary of such a pivotal year in women’s history by hosting free monthly lectures on twelve ‘Rebel Irishwomen’. The subjects were profiled by journalist and author R. M. Fox (1891-1969) over eighty years ago, initially for a New York magazine in 1930-31, and then in book format as Rebel Irishwomen in 1935. Learn more about R. M. Fox here.
Lectures are free of charge and will begin at 5:45PM sharp. Pre-booking is essential to guarantee your space.
This lecture series is curated by Dr James Curry, a graduate from NUI Galway and committee member of the Irish Labour Society. Supported by Dublin City Council, the Irish Labour History Society, and History Ireland magazine.
Watch a video on the talks here
Thursday, 13 December, 5:45pm
Ann Matthews will speak on Anglo-Irish suffragist, novelist and republican activist Charlotte Despard (1844-1939)
Dr Ann Matthews completed her PhD in History at NUI Maynooth in 2004, and is the author of Renegades (Mercier Press, 2010), Kimmage Garrison 1916 (Four Courts Press, 2010), Dissidents (Mercier Press, 2012) and the plays Lockout (2013) and Madam de Markievicz on Trial (2016).
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