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When feminism wins: gaining the right to abortion in Ireland, a talk by Professor Ailbhe Smyth, Women's Studies, University College, Dublin

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Location: Wolfson Research Exchange, Main Library

Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time feminist, lesbian, socialist activist. She was the founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin) in 1990, and has written about feminism, politics and culture mainly in Ireland. Ailbhe left academia in the mid-2000s to focus on working with women’s community organisations and in social movement politics. She has been involved in many campaigns and was on the Strategic Executive of the victorious same-sex marriage campaign in 2015. She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for over 35 years, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the near-total ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution with a majority of 66% in 2018. She convenes the Coalition to Repeal the 8thAmendment, and is a regular contributor to media and national debate in Ireland. She was included on the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in 2019.

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