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Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women

STARTS: 12/11/2018
ENDS: 24/11/2018
TIME: 9:30am-6:30pm
WHERE: CHQ Building
COST: FREE

This exhibition highlighted the lives and legacies of twenty-one of these women, just a fraction of the many who made lasting contributions in their fields. From the beginning, the movement for equality was a global one. It was fought both by suffrage campaigners, and by individual pioneering women who defied convention.

Many of these women benefited from the support of a partner, family member or colleague as they strategically navigated a male-dominated society on their own terms.

The exhibition was a joint collaboration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Herstory. Research by Dr Angela Byrne, DFAT Historian-in-Residence at EPIC.

 

Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women celebrates the lives and legacies of 21 pioneering Irish diaspora women of the 19th and 20th centuries who blazed a trail in a wide range of fields.  These women made their mark across the globe, innovating in every field and paving the way for others to follow, navigating a male-dominated society on their own terms.

 

The exhibition is a collaboration between EPIC, Herstory and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Featured in the exhibition


Cynthia Longfield

The international dragonfly expert and intrepid explorer also known as ‘Madame Dragonfly’.


Annie Bessant

Trade unionist, socialist, Indian nationalist leader and one of the first women to endorse birth control.