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Women in 1918

Monaghan County Museum organised a number of events to celebrate 'International Womens' Day' and on Thursday, March 8th. they invited men and women to a talk in the Museum given by Ailbhe Rogers, from Maynooth University. The title of the talk was 'Women and the Representation of the People Act 1918'. Also present was Minister Heather Humphreys who gave her experiences of life as a woman and who better to speak and give a personal account of what it takes for females to get involved in national politics. A fair crowd of females attended with a few males among the crowd and they enjoyed a very interesting presentations by Ailbhe and Heather. They covered the topic and moved on to describe the role and standing of women in 1918 and the efforts and manner in which women became recognised as having a vote and being able to play their part in society, where Heather could speak from her own personal story. To learn our history is so important for our understanding of modern day life and the role of men, women and family in community and now in an International community. Well done to the Museum for their work in providing the public with so many opportunities or hearing about the past in the modern day context. It is just a pity that these excellent events do not attract a larger audience.

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