In the IHR’s 2018 Kehoe lecture in Irish history, Professor Senia Paseta (Oxford)explores ‘Suffrage and citizenship in Ireland, 1912-1918’.
Feminism was a more vibrant force in early 20th-century Irish political life than is often presumed. It engaged in important and direct ways with key political debates over the revolutionary period, helping to shape some vital nationalist ideas and strategies. When the vote finally came, Irish women were already well organised, politically mobilised and able to exercise considerable influence over the election campaign and its outcome.
It is no coincidence that Constance Markiewicz, the first woman elected in 1918, was an Irish republican who had campaigned on an explicitly feminist and socialist platform. This radical feminist impulse within Irish nationalism soon faded, but for a time it promised a truly exciting radical unprecedented form of egalitarian citizenship.
Booking for the lecture: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/event/16649
The event will be followed by a reception at the Institute of Historical Research