Sheehy Skeffington, Hanna

(1877—1946) suffragist and Irish nationalist

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(1877–1946). Born Hanna Sheehy, into a very nationalist middle-class family, she was educated by the Dominican nuns and at University College, Dublin, and was one of the first generation of women both to graduate from, and to teach in, a university. She married Francis Skeffington in 1903, and they took each other's surnames as a commitment to equality. Both were founder members of the Irish Women's Franchise League in 1908, and Hanna was imprisoned for suffrage militancy. She always held firm to the belief that feminism should remain independent of other political ideologies, but she prioritized anti-imperialist activism for several years after the murder of her pacifist husband by the military during the rising of 1916. She opposed the Anglo-Irish treaty, and objected to Sean O'Casey's presentation of the rising in The plough and the Stars (1926). She also objected to the place allocated to women in de Valera's constitution of 1937.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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