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Herstory to highlight extraordinary women

Dr Maeve O'Riordan, UCC: A lot has changed since the MA in Women's Studies was launched 25 years ago, but still a lot of progress to be made in society. Photo: John Sheehan.

Dr Maeve O'Riordan, UCC: A lot has changed since the MA in Women's Studies was launched 25 years ago, but still a lot of progress to be made in society. Photo: John Sheehan.

  • 16 Mar 2017

The lost life stories of historical, contemporary and mythological women will be uncovered at UCC’s MA in Women’s Studies Herstory Salon next week.

Herstory, a new cultural movement, importantly highlights the need to value and reward the contributions of women in society, according to Dr Maeve O'Riordan, Coordinator of the MA in Women's Studies.

Set to take place in the relaxed surroundings of the Staff Common Room, UCC, next Monday, March 20, at 7pm (doors 6:30pm), this free event will highlight a range of women, from patrons and playwrights to activists and engineers.

A cultural movement and multi-disciplinary arts platform created to celebrate Irish women from history and today, Herstory aims to spark a global movement where Ireland inspires the world to celebrate women, giving future generations female role models.

UCC President, Professor Patrick O’Shea, will deliver the opening address at the event, before Dr Amy Prendergast (TCD) discusses the eighteenth-century salon in Ireland and how it played an important role in shaping literary culture.

With panels dedicated to Women as Creators and Feminism in Action, speakers will include Herstory founder and director, Melanie Lynch; Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, UCC Women's Studies and School of English; Orla Egan, UCC Women's Studies and Cork LGBT Digital Archive; Rola Abu Zeid-O'Neill, UCC Women's Studies and ACE; Kathy D'Arcy, UCC Women's Studies and writer; Dr Liz Kiely and Dr Máire Leane, UCC Women's Studies and Applied Social Studies; Dr Róisín O'Gorman, UCC Women's Studies and Department of Drama and Theatre Studies; and Shauna McGrath, UCC MA Women's Studies student.

“The MA in Women’s Studies at UCC is currently celebrating its 25th year. What better way to celebrate than with a series of events honouring women during Women's History Month! A lot has changed in 25 years, but there is still plenty of progress to be made in society. The need for Women’s Studies is still great,” O'Riordan commented.

“The founding members of the MA programme Dr Dolores Dooley, Professor Caroline Fennell, Aveen Henry and Dr Elizabeth Steiner-Scott realised that an inter-disciplinary approach was required. At the time, Steiner-Scott wrote that the course ‘offers students a chance to cross into different areas and pick up different methods of thinking’ (Irish Times, 1991).”

The MA has retained its commitment to the use of different approaches and methods of thinking with contributions from staff members from more than 10 different academic departments, as well as activists and practitioners from outside the university, O’Riordan added.

If you wish to attend the event, register soon to avoid disappointment.

For more on this story contact:

Lynne Nolan, Media & PR Officer, UCC: 087 210 1119.

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