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Top 10 most inspirational & influential Irish women

Ireland has a long and checkered history. And Irish women have registered tremendous success over the years, with some going on to become opinion leaders in business, politics, religion, and even in a sporting sense. Legends like Katie Taylor, Mary Robinson, and later day heroes like Sonia O’Sullivan have stridden through Ireland- and indeed the rest of the World- like a colossus. As usual, here at youowntheworld , we love celebrating women who have broken through the glass ceiling. Here now are our top 10 inspirational Irish Women: Mary Robinson A renowned human rights crusader, Mary has been a woman of many firsts. In 1990, she became the first woman president of Ireland evolving into an activist rather than a figurehead like her predecessors. Then, she was the first UNHCR commissioner to visit war-ravaged Somalia as well as Rwanda soon after the genocide. Despite being in a prominent family, she…

Celebrating Women – All Year Long

Women have made significant contributions toward making society what it is today. In the US, UK, and Australia, Women’s History Month acknowledges and celebrates these contributions. In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was held. In 1978, the Sonoma, California School District spawned the first Women’s History Week, commencing annually on March 8th. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College hosted a two-week conference centered on women’s history. When its participants were informed of the success of the Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they started similar commemorations in their organizations and school districts. Women’s History Week became a national day of celebration in the US in 1980 when then President Jimmy Carter, issued a presidential proclamation reading, in part, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women…