Women of Influence Exhibition


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An exhibition featuring women who have influenced Irish Society from 1900 to 2000, researched by Laura Servilan Brown will open on Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. As part of the Decade of Centenaries Cavan County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme engaged a historian to research the role of women in the Irish State from 1900 to 2000.  

Sr Majella McCarron was selected as part of this exhibition the intention of which is to share the stories of Irish women who have "achieved excellence in arts and culture, education, science, business and social change."

"The inspiration for this exhibition was the role played by women in securing greater equality including the right to vote, the right to be part of the paid workforce and to have a voice. Historian Dr Margaret Mc Curtin was a primary motivator and inspiration for this research and exhibition, commissioned by Cavan County Museum and Cavan Arts Office.

The exhibition is not intended as a definitive collection of women who changed Irish life but rather a fingerpost to discover the stories of some of the remarkable Irish women who achieved excellence in arts and culture, education, science, business and social change,” said Savina Donohoe, Museum Curator.

The aim is to encourage us all to identify and acknowledge the women we know who have and continue to work for greater equality in their own field and in Irish society.

The women selected for this exhibition include Edith Somerville, Letitia Dunbar-Harrison, Iris Cummins, Teresa Deevy, Agnes O Farrelly, Majella Mc Carron, Sherie de Burgh, Rita Duffy and Derbhle Crotty. The exhibition was researched by Laura Servilan Brown, who is the John and Pat Hume Scholar at the History Department, Maynooth University.

The exhibition opening will include an extract from ‘Fragments’ by Jessie Keenan, contemporary choreographer and a lecture by historian Catríona Crowe, formerly Head of Special Projects at The National Archives and a respected social commentator."