Wednesday 7 December 2016

The trouble with glass ceilings

Published 14/11/2011 | 05:00

Labour TD Joanna Tuffy,
who decided to boycott a
female-only TD and
senators' meeting last
week
Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who decided to boycott a female-only TD and senators' meeting last week

•I am in strong agreement with Labour TD Joanna Tuffy in regard to her decision to boycott the female-only TD and senators' meeting that took place last week, on November 9.

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As a female student currently studying electoral politics in the National University of Maynooth, I find this a form of segregation that is unproductive and will generate a noticeable and unsustainable divide between female and male politicians.

I am aware that the women of Ireland have fought hard over centuries to achieve the right to vote, having been rejected by the patriarchal society of the past. Thus, is it not a contradiction to repeat and practise the negative gender divide between male and female in relation to politics? If the issue was to be reversed, and a male-only meeting was to be orchestrated, would this not create mayhem in a society that has only recently achieved gender equality? Definitely!

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