Free Public Lecture Wednesday 8th June 2016 6.30 pm in Waterford Central Library Lady Lane

 Rosamond Jacob (1888-1960): Waterford’s Suffragette and Nationalist – A Public Lecture


Dr Leeann Lane will deliver a lecture on Waterford’s Suffragette and Nationalist Rosamond Jacob in Central Library, Lady Lane on the Wednesday 8 June at 6:30pm.

Dr Lane is head of Irish Studies at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University and has written Third Person Singular, a biography of Jacob. This free lecture is open to all will give more insight into the life and work of Jacob and will give the audience an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about this remarkable Waterford woman.


Rosamond Jacob was born into lapsed Quaker family at Waterford City’s South Parade in 1888. Her mother was Henrietta Harvey from Waterford and her father was Louis Jacob from Clonmel.


Jacob was a passionate believer in women’s equality. She was politically active and involved with the local branch of Cumann na mBan, taking an active role in the Women’s rights movement. She fought tirelessly for human rights as a suffragette and a nationalist, constantly challenging the authority of State and Church and their dominance over women’s lives.


Jacob was also an accomplished author and sought recognition for the role of women in the formation of the new state. She used her novels, short stories, and her personal diary’s as an extension of her political and feminist beliefs but her work was seen as too volatile and too critical of the emerging patriarchal state and she struggled to get her books published.


On 8 March 2016 Rosamond was honoured with a Civic Trust Blue Plaque for her vision, her leadership and her valuable contribution to women’s equality, feminism and Irish culture.


The talk is organised by the NCCWN Waterford Women's Centre. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Rosamond Jacob (1888-1960): Waterford’s Suffragette and Nationalist – A Public Lecture,

Central Library, Lady Lane 6:30pm.