Gender quotas for selection – ‘a practical solution to an intractable problem’

If my great-great-great-great-great grand-daughter runs for election in 2265 chances are, she might enter a Dáil where 50:50 representation has finally been reached. That’s because if current trends continue, equal representation of men and women in our national parliament is going to take another 250 years. This Dáil has the highest number of female TD’s […]

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Time is coming to ‘Equip’ more women to run

It will soon be time to ‘Equip’ more women to run as Women for Election are delighted to announce that Ireland’s first ever political campaign school is to return this June. Equip is a three-day residential programme and it is designed to provide in-depth, practical training for female candidates and female campaign managers in advance […]

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Having children (or not) shouldn’t be an issue for women in politics

Here at Women for Election we have consistently seen how the best international research into why women are under-represented in politics rings true. Confident is a persistent barrier. Repeatedly during our various courses, training sessions and mentoring events we see capable, competent, well qualified women come up with excuses as to why they couldn’t possibly […]

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Women for Election expanding to meet General Election challenge

Women for Election is expanding to meet the needs of female candidates in the upcoming general election with the appointment of a Director of Operations and Campaigns, Suzanne Collins. According to Women for Election Co-Founder Michelle O’Donnell Keating, the level of success of female candidates in the local government elections who benefited from training programmes […]

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Want to help bring change to Ireland? Come work for us!

Women for Election is incredibly excited about the coming 12 months in politics. As we face into a General Election with an ever evolving political climate it is clear that the political space is seeing change and that the electorate is concerned, interested and activating around politics. The 2014 Local Elections proved to Ireland that […]

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IBEC & Women for Election Budget Briefing Breakfast

A jointly hosted budget briefing event brought together female leaders in politics and in business to engage in a discussion on the implications of Budget 2015   On Thursday 16th October, Women for Election and IBEC co-hosted a Budget briefing breakfast which gathered 70 men and women in IBEC’s headquarters on Baggot Street for a […]

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Highest Number of Women in Ministerial Roles

The appointment of two more women to cabinet today marks a milestone in Irish public life with the highest number of women in senior ministerial positions ever. Ministers O’Sullivan and Humphreys join An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, along with the Attorney General, Máire Whelan SC, in leading the most gender diverse […]

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Melanne Verveer speaks to Women for Election, TDs and Senators

On Friday 4th of July, Women for Election held a breakfast seminar with Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013).  The breakfast was kindly hosted by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at Iveagh House, on his last day as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. Ambassador Verveer shared a lifetime of stories with assembled […]

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Dr. Kerry Healey Speaks to Young Female Leaders

On Thursday, June 26th, Women for Election and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra hosted a roundtable discussion with female student leaders and Dr. Kerry Healey, former Lieutenant Governor to Mitt Romney and President of Babson College.   The roundtable focused on the role gender plays in society, particularly in politics and academia. Dr. Healey had a […]

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196 – HISTORIC NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED

HISTORIC NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED AND 50% OF THOSE ELECTED SO FAR HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY WOMEN FOR ELECTION Out of a total of 924 seats, there were 196 women elected – a 34% jump since 2009 (148) Female representation in Local Government is now at 21%, up from 16% in 2009 2 Newly elected […]

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