A profile of the 80-year-old feminist and activist, from her childhood in Chicago and her involvement in Sinn Féin to her founding of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement. De Burca has been jailed (for her anti-Vietnam War activities) and fined (for her attacks on Richard Nixon’s car during a visit to Ireland in 1970).
In 1971 the Movement organised the Contraceptive Train to Northern Ireland so that women could buy contraceptives and openly bring them back to the Republic, where they were illegal. She was also involved in a legal case that led to the Juries Act 1976, which meant women were now allowed to sit on juries having previously been permitted only in very limited circumstances.
Her work as an activist and feminist has had a long influence on the people and systems of Ireland, and she still continues to speak publicly and inspire younger generations to be on the look-out for new injustices.
The filmmaker will be in attendance at this screening.