Amongst Young Women: Minister Humphreys meets TY students for discussion on Irish women role models over the last one hundred years
TY students from Dublin, Monaghan, Waterford and Lismore will meet with the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the National Library in Dublin today (Wednesday 14 December) as part of TY Talks Women 1916 – 2016, a special forum to talk about the impact of some well-known, and less well-known, women on the Ireland of today. An initiative of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, participants will have the opportunity to share the outcomes of their research on the role of women in 1916 and over the last 100 years.
Speaking ahead of the event, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., said: “One of my personal highlights of this Centenary Year has been the of participation and engagement by children and young people in our history. Our school children have explored the revolutionary period in great detail and, for the first time, they are getting an accurate picture of the courageous role played by women during the Rising. And of course Ireland 2016 has been so much more than a history project; our young people have also examined the remarkable achievements of so many amazing Irish women over the last 100 years, all of whom have helped to advance the role and status of women in the 21st century.”
Over the course of the day, students will present their research on the challenges facing women 100 years ago to today, share stories and background on the women of 1916 who have made an impression on them and talk about their modern day role models and why they are important to them. In addition to sharing their ideas and research material, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the seminal moment in 1918 when women aged 30 were granted the right to vote in Britain and Ireland, what impact this has had and also discuss how this event might be marked in 2018.
Deputy Chief Inspector Emer Egan from the Department of Education and Skills said: “Today’s Transition Year workshop – ‘TY Talks Women 1916 – 2016’ promises to be an exciting, engaging and inspiring discussion of the events that have affected women over the past 100 years. I commend all of the students who have worked so hard on this project over the past months, wonderfully supported by their teachers, and I look forward to hearing their discussions and deliberations as they explore the vision, ambitions and journey of Irish women from 1916 to 2016.”
Historian, author and curator of Mná 1916/Women of 1916 special exhibition Sinead McCoole, who made a special presentation on the women of 1916 to the group, said: “2016, our Centenary Year, has provided a brilliant opportunity to shine a light on the experiences and contribution of an extraordinary group of women who played such an important role during Ireland’s revolutionary period. The hidden histories and, for many years, their untold stories are a vital part of our social history and a continuing source of inspiration to us, the many other extraordinary women who have followed in their footsteps and to future generations of young Irish women and men.”