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'Two girls in silk kimonos': the Gore-Booth sisters, childhood and political development


Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 13:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street


No booking required

Dr Sonja Tiernan will give the first lecture in our series 'Sisters' celebrating the lives and achievements of five families of sisters who have made their mark on Irish life.

Following on the heels of the Representation of the People Act (1918) which granted a measure of suffrage to women, came the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act which barred women’s exclusion from professions, societies etc., based solely on gender grounds. Our spring 2019 lecture series ‘Sisters’ celebrates sisterhood and specifically the lives and achievements of five families of sisters who made their mark on Irish life. Including artists, publishers, writers, educationalists, philanthropists, revolutionaries, suffragists — thinkers all — these were independent women with hopes and ideals who made a difference in their own times. Take this opportunity to hear about the diverse backgrounds and motivations of extraordinary sisters from four different centuries. This series accompanies our successful exhibition, ‘Prodigies of learning: Academy women in the nineteenth century’ which continues until 30 April 2019.


Sonja Tiernan is an Associate Professor of Modern History and Head of Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University. Sonja has held fellowships at the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Keogh-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University. Sonja has published extensively on modern Irish women’s history. Her most recent publication Eva Gore-Booth: Collected Poems (2018) includes a foreword by President Michael D. Higgins; Sonja’s other books include the biography of Eva Gore-Booth (2012) and a volume of Eva Gore-Booth’s political writings (2015) as well as articles on Constance Markievicz.

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