In an interview on RTE One’s Today programme, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington said she will continue to call for the promotion of five female lecturers at NUI Galway who were unfairly denied promotion in 2009, continuing a women’s right effort begun 100 years ago by her grandmother, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.
Micheline related that her grandmother, Ireland’s most famous suffragette, was moved to fight for women’s right to vote when she realised that in the eyes of the law, women were equal to convicts and infants. Now, 100 years later, the fight for women’s rights continues.
Micheline spoke about her successful gender discrimination case in the Equality Tribunal as well as current court cases being fought by five female lecturers at NUI Galway.
‘I know that [these women] are better than several of the men promoted’ in the 2008-2009 round, she said, pointing out that 81 per cent of the university’s Academic Council are men while only 13 per cent of NUI Galway professors are women. ‘It seems that bodies of men are promoting men into senior positions.’
The fight ‘has to go on,’ she concluded. ‘Until these five women, in particular who like myself were deemed eligible, are promoted — and the only way is through the High Court case — then I’m certainly not going to cease. I’m going to keep going.’
You can watch the whole interview by clicking on the following link, which will be available until Wednesday, November 11th. The interview with Micheline starts at 44:36: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/today-30001768/10478611/