St Louis mark centenary of women’s vote

St Louis staff and students marked the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. However this was not afforded to all – only those over the age of 30, or with property rights or a university education won the right. It was not until the Constitution was drawn up that women over the age of 21 had equal and full voting rights.
Three teachers from St Louis were history in action – Regina Killoran, Olivia Sherry and Lynne Rice dressed up as suffragettes at a lunchtime celebration today in honour of Countess Markievicz and countless other women who paved the way for the young women of today to be afforded the opportunities they have.
The other members of the History Dept spoke about the events which led to the vote being afforded to women. A poem by Eavan Boland was read and all the women’s names announced. Students and staff stood arm in arm in solidarity with their sisters.

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