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2pm. Sunday 8 March

Tickets €10

From its inception in the 1860s, the movement for equality was a global one. It was fought not only by suffragettes, but also by many pioneering Irish women around the globe who made long-lasting contributions to their host societies. Emigration offered many women access to education, careers and other opportunities that may not have been available in Ireland. 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.

Join Dr Angela Byrne, Dr Leanne McCormack, Dr Ebun Joseph and Dr Ann Marie O’Brien in conversation on transnational Irish women and their campaigns for gender equality, here at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.


Dr Angela Byrne‘s research focuses on the experiences of migrants and women in the past. She is Research Associate at Ulster University and has previously held research and lecturing positions at the University of Greenwich, University of Toronto, NUI Maynooth, and the Royal Irish Academy. In 2018–19, she was inaugural Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. She is currently completing her third book, Irish Encounters with Russia.

Dr Ann O’Brien holds a B.A. in English and History and a Masters from Maynooth University. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Limerick with a Ph.D. in history which was funded by the Irish Research Council. Publications include articles in Irish Historical Studies and Irish Studies in International Affairs. Currently, she is working on her first monograph, ‘The ideal diplomat? Women and Irish foreign affairs, 1946-90’ which will be published by Four Courts Press later this year.

Dr Leanne McCormick is Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish Social History at Ulster University. She has published widely on areas relating to sexuality, women and history of medicine with a focus on twentieth century Northern Ireland. She is currently working on a Department of Health NI funded project on Magdalene Laundries/Mother and Baby Homes in Northern Ireland and is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Bad Bridget’ project which focuses on criminal and deviant Irish women in North America, 1838-1918.

Dr Ebun Joseph is Lecturer and module Coordinator of Black Studies and critical race theory in Education at UCD, a Teaching Fellow at Trinity College, and a Consultant in race relations. She holds the position of Career Development Consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and worked with Business in the Community Ireland for over nine years as Training and Employment Officer. Dr Joseph completed her PhD on ‘Racial Stratification in the Irish Labour Market’ in UCD School of Social Justice, she has an M.Ed.  in Adult Guidance from Maynooth University and an IACP accredited diploma in Professional Counselling. Ebun is an author; TV panellist, Columnist for the Dublin Inquirer on race, Chairperson of African Scholars Association Ireland (AfSAI) and an equality activist. She is a co-author of the book, Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools: Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education, with Routledge and is presently working on another book, Racial stratification in Ireland: A Critical race theory of labour market inequality with Manchester University press.