Old Staff Common Room, QUB
13th March: 1.00pm – 2.30pm (doors 12.30pm)
A panel of speakers from Queen’s University reflect on the involvement of women in parliamentary politics in Ireland since the granting of votes to women one hundred years ago.
2018 marks the centenary of women achieving the right to vote in parliamentary elections in Ireland and Britain and the right to sit in parliament. A panel of experts for Queen’s will reflect on how this important human right was achieved in the context of an effective suffrage campaign and the impact of the First World War. The extension of the franchise in 1918 also extended the right to vote to a much larger number of males and the overall impact of franchise extension will be considered. Women remain under-represented in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Dáil Éireann, compared to the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly. The panel will also consider the challenges to women playing a greater role in parliamentary politics on the island.