Twitter has been abuzz in Ireland with hundreds of Irish women (and men) taking to the micro-blogging site to offer their support and ideas for what they feel should be the foundations of a state where equal rights is a standard.
#FeministFutures was started last night by the National Women’s Council of Ireland ahead of its AGM taking place on 11 June, which has as its theme ‘The Future of Feminism’.
According to its statement on the upcoming event “it is more important than ever that we build a new Ireland based on feminist principles”.
A proportion of the women airing their thoughts were quick to point to academia and the technology sector as areas where there remain shortcomings, both in terms of the number of women employed in skilled roles, as well as those in leadership positions.
When academia is as female at the top as it is at undergraduate level. #FeministFutures
— Fiona Kearney (@fionakearney) June 9, 2015
When doing something ‘like a girl’ is not an insult. Proud of everything I do ‘like a girl’ #FeministFutures
— Lynn Boylan MEP (@LNBDublin) June 9, 2015
While others were simply voicing what many people have been saying for many years.
#FeministFutures when women arent expected to automatically take on the child rearing and housekeeping duties
— Sarah Holland (@VoteHollandSF) June 9, 2015
— Samantha Cooney (@SamanthaCooney) June 9, 2015
#FeministFutures is being able to say I’m a feminist without having to explain, defend or argue how gender equality benefits all!
— Dil Wickremasinghe (@DilW) June 9, 2015
“You like football??….explain offside so…” ? #FeministFutures
— Fiona (@annabellee0) June 9, 2015
And of course, an honourable mention to a particular upcoming event…
— Helen M (@HelsWave) June 9, 2015
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