Talk: Countess Markievicz and the votes for women campaign in Britain and Ireland

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Image: Countess Markievicz (detail) by Jim FitzPatrick

The first wave of the feminist movement was based on a single issue – securing votes for women. This may seem like a most straightforward feminist campaign in modern times.

However, a talk by Sonja Tiernan will show that in Ireland it was a complex political issue tied in with ideologies of nationalism and unionism.

Tracing the story of Countess Markievicz, the first woman elected to both the House of Commons and Dail Eireann (government of Ireland), we will see the complex and intriguing connections between the suffrage movements in Ireland and England.

Sonja Tiernan is an Associate Professor of Modern History and the Head of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University. She has published widely on the histories of gender and sexuality in modern Ireland and Britain.

The talk is taking place at Merseyside Maritime Museum on 26 October at 2.30pm. There is no need to book. The event is free to drop in.

This event is part of National Museums Liverpool’s Votes 100: remarkable women event series.

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