Micheline Sheehy Skeffington Presents A Century of Gender Equality Activism in Ireland

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington Presents A Century of Gender Equality Activism in Ireland

We hope you can join us for the first meeting of the season, preceded by our Annual Meeting.
When: Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:15pm reception, 5:45 Annual Meeting; 6:00pm presentation
Where: Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
The Topic: Inheriting the Flame: A Century of Gender Equality Activism in Ireland
Presenter: Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

Dinner: Following the presentation, join Micheline, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at Old Lyme Country Club. $35/person.
A reservation is required by Friday, September 8 to attend the dinner; please call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

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Micheline inherited her activism from her grandparents, Hanna and Francis Sheehy Skeffington, who were renowned early 20th century suffrage activists and Irish nationalists. A pacifist who tried to stop looting in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rebellion, Francis was arrested by British soldiers and, without trial or due process of any sort, executed by firing squad, along with two other innocent civilians who were journalists. Their murders contributed to the transformation of public opinion after the rebellion was suppressed. In the face of British objections, Hanna visited the US in 1917, speaking on behalf of the cause of Irish independence at many cities from New York to Butte (Montana) to San Francisco. One hundred years later, Micheline is retracing her grandmother’s travels in the US, and will visit Southeast Connecticut en route from New York City to Boston.

Sheehy Skeffington is a retired professor of plant ecology at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. In 2014 she won a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway, with the Irish Equality Tribunal pointing to multiple failures in the promotion procedure that echo barriers faced by female academics in other Irish and international universities.  Micheline continues to campaign on the issue of gender inequality in academia, having donated her compensation money to help five other female lecturers in challenging their promotion decisions.



Coming up

October 12, 2017 we will welcome Michael Haltzel of Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University. He will present on the The Trump Foreign Policy, 6pm at at Crozier Hall, Connecticut College.



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Full Membership for next season (September 2017 – June 2018) is $75/person.
$25/person for Young Professionals under 35.
FREE for students.

Guest attendance cost of $20 can be applied to membership fees.

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Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board.  Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at info@secwac.org or 860-388-9241.