How the vote for women was won

This year marks the centenary of the enfranchisement of Irish women. But how was the battle fought and won, and how should history inform the Ireland of today? Drawing extensively from material originally published in the Irish Citizen newspaper, social historian Louise Ryan retraces the steps of the suffragettes

11th March, 2018
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Placard-holding suffragettes demonstrate in favour of getting the vote in London in 1912 Getty

In the Irish general election of December 1918, women voted for the first time. Seventeen women across Britain and Ireland stood as candidates but only one, the candidate for Dublin St Patrick’s Ward, was successful. Countess Markievicz topped the poll with 66 per cent of the votes and made history. But how did it come about that women won the right to vote in the first place? And what role did Irish women play in...

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