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The assembly on gender equality is debating the issue of Article 41.1 on the family, which states: “In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.”
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Her groundbreaking 1976 study of women challenged male assumptions about sex.
Fewer than one in 250 girls in Ireland cycle to school every day and those who do cycle say they are dealing with “harassment on the roads from drivers and young men”. In reponse, an environmental charity has launched the campaign #andshecycles to try and encourage more teenage girls to cycle and discuss why they do not.
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Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering? How can a 16-year-old girl in plaits, who has dedicated herself to the not-exactly sinister, authoritarian plot of trying to save the planet from extinction, inspire such incandescent rage?
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Additional Sources: Gender in Poetry Publishing in Ireland 2008-2017
Beginning as a women’s rights campaigner, "Red Annie" quickly moved into secularism, trade unionism, and socialism. She filled halls across Britain as one of the National Secular Society’s most effective public speakers, and worked as a journalist for the National Reformer.
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Mary Robinson, who served as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, remembers getting “quite a lot of pushback” when she was seeking to win a Dáil seat in the 1970s and 1980s. Politics aside, she got a lot of flak for being a mother who was seeking election. “You should be at home, minding the child, not coming around,” she remembers some voters bluntly remarking.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants to allow Irish politicians to take a care off for parental leave, and potentially to job share, as is increasingly common in business. “To do so in Ireland would require a modification of the electoral system but is perhaps something I think we could consider; something that I think would be of benefit to women and to men and to broader society,” he said.
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Speaking about casting women in traditionally male roles like Hamlet, actress Maxine Peake says, “It’s really, really important. It’s about empowerment. I think: hang on a minute, this is a bloke that wrote plays that were all performed by men, so this is a female perspective."