Thursday 27 April 2017

Young women can forget what Ireland was like before feminism

As British women protest at the film Suffragettes, Carol Hunt asks what happened to our Irish ones?

RED CARPET MOMENT: British feminists at the premiere of the ‘Suffragettes’ in London
RED CARPET MOMENT: British feminists at the premiere of the ‘Suffragettes’ in London
Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

So what did the revolution ever do for you? If that question is directed to Irish women, the depressing answer would have to be - not a lot. Tomorrow, the film Suffragette opens in Dublin and I'm wondering if we'll be treated to scenes similar to those which occurred at the London premiere last week.

"Dead women can't vote" was the cry of the hundred-plus women from the organisation Sisters Uncut (who campaign against domestic violence) as they broke through the barriers to the delight of fellow feminists Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Carey Mulligan.

"I'm happy to see that the suffrage movement is alive and happening," said Garai, while Bonham Carter said the protest was the "perfect" response to the film.

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