Friday 15 December 2017

Fighting myths

• Alison O'Connor's piece 'Women must toughen up for Dail quota fight' (Irish Independent, May 12) makes some welcome points on Dail quotas (for instance, that women need to stop blaming men and put themselves forward for election) but also descends into trying to perpetuate some demonstrable myths.

She tells us that women are everywhere in Irish life except in the Dail.

In fact there are many unpleasant, difficult and dangerous jobs where women have lower representation than in the Dail, but there is no urgency to achieve equality in these areas.

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