International Women’s Day: Irish women, past and present

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International Women's Day 2022

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The occasion celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness about women’s equality and lobbies for accelerated gender parity.

Observed for the first time in 1911, International Women’s Day aims to highlight and recognise the achievements of women in different spheres while also bringing attention to important issues including gender discrimination that exist even today.

The theme of 2022 International Women’s Day is “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

In honour of International Women’s Day, we at House of Lor would like to honour a number of amazing Irish women, past and present. 

Constance Markievicz 

Source: Wikipedia

Constance Markievicz became the first-ever female MP elected to the House of Commons in 1918, just two years after she took up arms against the British in 1916 Rising in Dublin.

Quote: “But while Ireland is not free, I remain a rebel, unconverted and unconvertible. There is no word strong enough for it. I am pledged as a rebel, an unconvertible rebel, to the one thing – a free and independent Republic.” 

Rosie Hackett 

Rosanna “Rosie” Hackett was an Irish insurgent and trade union leader. She was a founder-member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union and supported strikers during the 1913 Dublin Lockout. She later became a member of the Irish Citizen Army and was involved in the 1916 Easter Rising

Sybil Connolly 

Source: Vogue

Sybil Connolly (1921 – 1998) was the first Irish woman to have the international world of fashion falling at her feet. Through her innovative use of traditional Irish fabrics, she became the first designer to successfully target the American market and also change the way sophisticated women dressed. 

“IRISH FABRICS ARE ENOUGH TO BRING THE FASHION WORLD TO OUR DOORSTEP, BUT THE WORLD WILL COME ALL THE FASTER IF THE FABRICS ARE SHOWN TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE”

– SYBIL CONNOLLY

Maureen O’Hara 

Maureen O’Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish actress and singer, who became successful in Hollywood throughout the 1940s to 1960s. She was a natural redhead who was known for playing passionate but sensible heroines, often in westerns and adventure films. She worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne on numerous occasions

Quote: “My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.”  

Mary McAleese 

Mary McAleese, (born June 27, 1951, Northern Ireland), an Irish politician who was President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was Ireland’s second female president and its first president from Northern Ireland. Quote: “It is absolutely no accident that the peace and reconciliation, and indeed the economic progress, that eluded us generation after generation for hundreds of years, has, at last, come to pass in an Ireland where the talents of women are now flooding every aspect of life as never before” 

International Women’s Day 2022 “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”

Dr Vanessa and Dr Lisa Creaven

Source: Spotlight Oral Care Website

Creators of Spotlight Oral Care. Designed and formulated by the Irish dentists with the aim of creating the best oral health products without harming the environment.

Aoife McNamara

The young Irish designer is making waves in the world of fashion, designer Aoife McNamara from Mungret, Limerick founded her fashion label, “Aoife Ireland”, in 2019 for one purpose and one purpose only, to empower women with clothes that matter. 

Saoirse Ronan

Source: Vogue

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Irish parents. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin. Ronan made her acting debut in 2003 on the Irish medical drama series The Clinic. She made her film debut in; I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) Saoirse is a widely acclaimed talented and versatile actress.

Áine Kerr

Journalism and technology have always been an integral part of Áine Kerr’s career so her latest venture – Kinzen – is a natural progression of that journey. Kinzen helps organisations solve the information crisis, find accurate information and avoid fake news.

Sheena Bailey and Louella Morton

Louella Morton’s background is in the education technology sector, where she strove to deliver significant benefits through harnessing the power of technology. Set up in 2014 by Louella and co-founder Sheena Bailey, Test Reach bridges an acute gap in developing corresponding technologies to assess courses, without recourse to traditional test centres, exam papers, face to face interviews and the like.

The theme of 2022 International Women’s Day is “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” Let us continue in the steps of these and many wonderful women, around the world, to ensure our daughters have a sustainable tomorrow.

Happy International Women’s Day, from all at House of Lor, as unique as you are. 

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