Emma Goldman said; “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” I’m pretty sure she was not referring to the foxtrot. This piece shows the vital importance of women not only in Irish culture (which is matriarchal in nature, despite outward appearances) , but of their insistence in taking physical action against tyranny. So many of them have been neglected or marginalized by history, which makes this such an important and educational piece.
Margaret Skinnider was a woman like no other, and I take every opportunity that I can to write about her. She is one of my biggest heroes – not just because she was a warrior and an intellectual but also because she was humble and quick. Without her contributions, many aspects of the Easter Rising may never have come to fruition but because she was not born in Ireland and she was a woman, it has been very hard to find anyone who gives her the full recognition she deserves in the history of the Rising.
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