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Burns Exhibits

Irish Women Rising: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Ireland, 1900 - 1923

October 17, 2016 - March 25, 2017

Irish Women Rising exhibit poster

In the struggle for national independence, Irish women had to fight both British imperialism and Irish sexism. They organized politically and militarily. They fought alongside men, went to jail, and on hunger strikes.

Maud Gonne, Constance Markievicz, Margaret Skinnider, Kathleen Clarke, and hundreds of other brave and determined women achieved their purpose and place in history.

Featuring newly acquired, never-before-seen documents and artifacts, as well as an original 1916 Easter Rising Proclamation, this exhibition tells their stories.

Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries, which gratefully acknowledge lender support from Strokestown Park House, the National Irish Famine Museum, and the Irish Heritage Trust.

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Luncheon talk by Lucy McDiarmid, February 3

Please join us on Friday, February 3, for a luncheon talk presented by Lucy McDiarmid, Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University and author of the recently published At Home In The Revolution: What Women Said and Did in 1916

Read reviews of the exhibit:

November 7, 2016 BC Heights review

A review also appears in the November edition of the Boston Irish Reporter (page 8).

You can also download a PDF list of recommended readings on women in revolutionary Ireland.

Read our blog post on the exhibit:

We invite you to read our series of blog postings relating to the exhibition themes and the six women it most prominently features: Maud Gonne MacBride, Constance Markievicz, Mollie Gill, Margaret Skinnider, Hannah Sheehy Skeffington, and Kathleen Clarke. New postings will be added every two weeks through the end of March.


About the Gallery

You can view the archive listing here.