Mother Jones Portraits Unveiled in Washington and Chicago.

On Saturday May 1st 2021, the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Irish Consulate in Chicago unveiled two beautiful portraits of Mother Jones. Commissioned by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and painted by artist Lindsay Hand, they represent a fitting tribute to this great Cork born woman, trade union and labour activist. This was … Continue reading Mother Jones Portraits Unveiled in Washington and Chicago.

What Did the Women Do Anyway?

This was a dismissive comment originally made to a founder of Cumann na mBan In Cork, Lil Conlon.  Years later, the comment also annoyed members of the Shandon Area History Group.  The result was Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times published in 2019 by the Shandon Area History Group. This ground breaking publication reveals some of the hidden pages … Continue reading What Did the Women Do Anyway?

Votes for All Women: the tricky issue of class politics in the Irish suffrage movement

Louise Ryan will speak at the Spirit of Mother Jones festival and Summer School on Friday afternoon 3rd August at 2.30 at the Cathedral Visitor Centre. She will address the topic, “Votes for All Women: the tricky issue of class politics in the Irish suffrage movement”. Louise Ryan, originally from Cork, is a graduate of … Continue reading Votes for All Women: the tricky issue of class politics in the Irish suffrage movement

Mother Jones talk in Dublin’s GPO, as part of “Rebel Irish Women” series

An important series of talks is currently being held in Dublin's General Post Office (GPO) to mark the centenary of 1918, a pivotal year in modern Irish history. Over the course of the yar 12 lectures are being delivered on the role of women key Irish woman.  On July 19th the lecture will be on … Continue reading Mother Jones talk in Dublin’s GPO, as part of “Rebel Irish Women” series

Anne Scargill & Betty Cook sing “The Women’s Song”

Anne Scargill and Betty Cook, Women Against Pit Closures at the Firkin Crane with Yorkshire Mother Jones banner. A number of people have asked if any video footage was available of Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures singing their anthem from the Miners Strike era - "The Women's Song".  The song … Continue reading Anne Scargill & Betty Cook sing “The Women’s Song”