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.