International Womens Day

Joanne Lowry (centre) at the screening of 'Mother Jones'

Joanne Lowry (centre) at the screening of ‘Mother Jones’

“What is it like being a woman in Northern Ireland today”?  That was one of the questions posed at a Workers Party event to mark International Women’s Day.

Highlight of the evening was the  screening of the film ‘Mother Jones’ – a women born in Cork but who emigrated to the United States who went on to be a trade union organiser who was once dubbed ‘the most dangerous woman in America’.

A post film discussion focused on women in Northern Ireland society, what still needs to be achieved and the obstacles which have to be overcome.

The full emancipation of women cannot be achieved within the current social system and that full freedom for women will only be achieved in a socialist society.

The Party also issued a  statement to mark International Women’s Day highlighting the minimum steps which need to be taken by the Assembly to secure women’s position in Northern Ireland society.  See: What is the Assembly doing for women?

Read more about Mother Jones:

http://www.aflcio.org/About/Our-History/Key-People-in-Labor-History/Mother-Jones-1837-1930

http://motherjonescork.com/tag/ireland/

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