In 1918, the Representation of the People Act extended suffrage (the right to vote) to some women. To vote in parliamentary elections women had be property owners (or, the wives of property owners) over the age of 30, or university graduates. As a result of lobbying by women's groups, universal adult suffrage was achieved in 1922, with the establishment of the Irish Free State. These same voting rights were subsequently granted to women in Britain and Northern Ireland in 1928.
To commemorate this centenary and the vital contribution of women to Irish life and society, members of the Irish Community Archive Network collaborated on an exhibition entitled Our Irish Women. Find out more
As part of this project, we invited you to contribute stories of Irish women who you feel have made a difference in your community: stories of success, struggle, or of quiet diligence. Read the stories