Victory Against Discrimination

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington in 1916
I just heard last night that a friend has finally won her legal battle against her employer.

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington (granddaughter of suffragette Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington – pictured) has recently won a long-fought case against Galway University for discrimination based on gender.  She has offered to use the €70,000 damages to help the five other women who were not promoted along with her to take a case.  Here is the Irish Times article:

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/micheline-sheehy-skeffington-i-m-from-a-family-of-feminists-i-took-this-case-to-honour-them-1.2027451

 Mich says that the claim at the end of the article, that she has offered to be part of the university’s task force, is false:

It has been reported that I have agreed to help the University with their task force. I have not agreed to do anything formal like this. It does not take a task force to promote 5 women or address the recent round of promotions that was also flawed. These must be addressed first. On Tuesday, I will be making public my 3 conditions to being officially involved in any way. We plan to get as many supporters as possible to come to the NUI Galway Quadrangle at 1.15pm for the announcement of these conditions. The media will be present, hopefully RTÉ TV as well as members of the print press who have already extensively reported our case.

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Posted on December 8, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I am so very happy about this. Thank you for letting me know about it. 🙂

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  2. I won’t be able to give my physical presence to her cause but I will certainly send my positive energy. As a person having faced discrimination for being a woman and for being disabled — it is a great day to see a step toward equality for all. ❤

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  3. This is wonderful news and I think her “Three Requirements” are spot on. Nice that this important issue is in the headlines, and the world can see that women’s issues are a modern issue, and not something from history.

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    • Thank you Crystal. Yes, it’s great that the issue is being raised again. There are lots of people who think that the matter was sorted out when women got the vote but anybody who takes the time to look can see that there is still a huge amount of discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere.

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