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Ailbhe Smyth

Activist / Campaigner

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Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time activist and campaigner on feminist, LGBTI+ and socialist issues. She was the founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin)  and has written about feminism, politics and culture in Ireland.  Ailbhe left academia in the mid-2000s to work with women’s community organisations and in social movement politics.  She has been involved in many campaigns and was on the Strategic Executive of the victorious same-sex marriage campaign in 2015. She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for over 35 years, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the near-total ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution with a majority of 66% in 2018. Ailbhe is a regular contributor to media and national debate. In 2019 she was included in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people’ list.  

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