#FeministFutures unites Irish women on Twitter for equality

10 Jun 2015

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.

While others were simply voicing what many people have been saying for many years.

And of course, an honourable mention to a particular upcoming event…

Girl superhero image via Shutterstock

Inspirefest 2015 is Silicon Republic’s international event running 18-20 June in Dublin that connects sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM with fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity.

Women Invent is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic