Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin, a touring exhibition on loan from Dublin City Public Libraries 8 June-31 July 2018
In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster. The Home Rule crisis, labour unrest, the outbreak of the First World War, suffragism and the Easter Rising splintered the cosy certainties of the British Empire. Suffragists in Ireland endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice but 1918 was their year of victory. This exhibition tells their story.