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PRINT, PROTEST, AND THE POLLS: THE IR­ISH WOMEN’S SUF­FRAGE CAMPAIGN AND THE POWER OF PRINT ME­DIA, 1908-1918

Na­tional Print Mu­seum, Beg­gars Bush, Dublin 4. Until Septem­ber 30th

At a time when women’s bod­ies are be­ing tossed around and ar­gued over, it is timely to con­sider that cur­rent rights strug­gles have a long his­tory.

This exhibition com­mem­o­rates the cen­te­nary of the first fe­male vote in Ire­land through the use of print me­dia by the Ir­ish suf­frag­ists, and their op­po­nents, in their meth­ods of pro­mo­tion and protest. It shines a light on a ne­glected pe­riod in Ir­ish women’s his­tory and ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cal protest and the de­vel­op­ing print me­dia. It was cu­rated by Donna Gil­li­gan, a ma­te­rial cul­ture his­to­rian who spe­cialises in the re­search of the ob­jects and images of the Ir­ish suf­frage campaign, and fea­tures print ephemera, pho­to­graphs, and news­pa­per publi­ca­tions that show protest through print in a pe­riod of early me­dia.

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