If our column this week piqued your interest in the idea of a woman as Taoiseach or the wider issue of women in politics, you might be interested in the following resources.
5050 by 2020
The 50-50 Group is a single issue national advocacy group dedicated to achieving equal representation in Irish politics. Find out more about the campaign here: Get involved in 5050
How to elect more women | Jan 20th
The conference takes place in Dublin Castle on Friday 20 January, with registration opening at 9am. There is a full programme planned for the day. Available below. It looks like it should be a really interesting day with lots of discussion on the practical steps
needed to get more women into politics.
Go to http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/WP12000002 for further
NWCI Submission to the Constituency Commission
The NWCI has recently made a submission to the Constituency Commission. It is written by Eoin Murray of the NWCI and Claire McGing of NUIM. To date it is the only submission which deals with the issue of women in politics.
In it they focus on two areas:
- Larger constituencies represent the best chance for women to get elected;
- Reducing the number of deputies will increase workloads and thus impact negatively on making politics an attractive career option for women.
Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
I’m currently reading this book and am finding it fascinating to see how gender played out in ’08 election. A must read.
The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.
And some information which make help in a table quiz.. the only party outside of the PDs to have a female leader is Sinn Fein. Margaret Buckley led the party from 1937 – 1950. Best of all – she was a Corkwoman!
Finally a question…
Do you think that Ireland will have had a female Taoiseach by 2070?
Tweet @corkfeminista #femaletaoiseach with your answer.