International Women's Day 2016

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The Women's Centre 'Pink Plaque Campaign' honours its first woman on International Women's Day 2016

 

Waterford born Rosamond Jacob, feminist, suffragette and nationalist  to be honoured with Civic Trust Blue Plaque sponsored by NCCWN Waterford Women's Centre through their 'Pink Plaque Campaign'.  This campaign aims to increase the number of Blue Plaques commemorating women in Waterford by sponsoring one each year on International Women's Day.  See facebook Pink Plaque Campaign to support.  

On Tuesday 8th March 2016 the Plaque will be unveiled at 11am in South Parade at Rosamond's  birthplace.  This will be followed by a free public event remembering the women of 1916 with music, stories, poetry and exhibitions in Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City at 12 O' Clock. Funding towards the event was received from the Waterford Council 1916 Commemoration Fund. 

 Rosamond Jacob was born in South Parade, Waterford to a Quaker family in 1888 &  throughout her life was a passionate believer in Women’s equality which was a concept central to the Society of Friends ideology. She was politically active and a member of the local branch of Cumann na mBan. She took an active role in the Women’s rights movement, the Irish Women’s Franchise League, the Irish Women’s International League and the Women’s Social and Progressive League. Rosamond challenged the power the State and Church had in women’s lives at that time.  She confronted inequality, both as a suffragette and a nationalist. An accomplished author she sought through her political and literary activities to get recognition of women’s role 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.  This was why she struggled to get her books published and failed to establish herself as a writer. She wrote five books, mostly historical novels and a children’s book. Her work was seen as too volatile and too critical for the sensibilities of an emerging patriarchal state. Her diaries, which she maintained all her life, are a rich source of social, cultural and political history and offer a glimpse into her personal life. Her diaries, manuscripts and short stories are archived in the National Library Dublin.

It is hoped through this Plaque to honour the memory of Rosamond Jacob for her vision, her leadership and her valuable contribution to women’s equality, feminism and Irish culture.

 

Contact: Ann Fitzgerald / Breda Murphy

Waterford Women's Centre, 74-76 Manor Street, Waterford. 051-351918