Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who is in the running for a best-actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Joy’. Photograph: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU/Getty Images)

Treats for acting and directing nominees this year also include $30k worth of skin cream and a 15-day walking tour of Japan

“She is on Facebook, and her partner constantly watches her posts and messages she gets from other people.” Photograph: Mixmike/Getty Images

A campaign aims to help young women to recognise red flags when dating and to combat online stalking and ‘revenge porn’

 National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor said economic decisions taken over the past five years had hit women hardest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

National Women’s Council of Ireland calls for gender balance in election debates

Illustration: Pascal Fossier  via Getty Images

A new Irish organisation, Midwives for Choice, aims to give women control over how they give birth. For barrister Elizabeth Procha(...)

Katie O’Brien with baby Olivia: “I got such a scare, though, that I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to have children,” she says.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Katie O’Brien was 25 when she had an ‘abnomal’ smear. At 28 she is cancer free

It has taken thousands of light years, but feminism has finally made itself known in deepest space

Playwright and performer Eva O’Connor. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eva O’Connor drew from personal experience of anorexia – which is ‘like a demon on your shoulder’ – for her play Overshadowed

National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor: Breakthrough Manifesto for Women “going really well”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

National women’s council says campaign on general election ‘to end gender inequality’

The relationship has given Rupert “renewed vigour”, a source said.

Anthea McTeirnan muses on the engagement of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, as well as looking at other couples where there’s a lar(...)

The Babypod is a small, silicone speaker is inserted like a tampon and plays music directly to the foetus, so says the company.  Photograph: Babypod website

Tampon speaker means babies ‘learn from the womb’, say Babypod

 Orla O’Connor, Tara Flynn, Laura Hardiman and Louise O’ Neill at the National Women’s Council’s FemFest     conference in Croke Park:  The council’s breakthrough manifesto highlights 10 key areas it says will change the outlook for women in Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Women’s council calls on politicians to sign manifesto aimed at ending gender inequality

“The angels were in the Four Courts last Christmas, but the angels were human.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Broadside: It was December 2014, and Christmas was coming but not to everybody

‘I made him scrambled eggs and he banged the table, told me it was disgusting. He then threw the plate at the wall.’ Illustration: Neil Webb/Getty Images/Ikon Images

One victim of domestic abuse explains how the festive period is particularly difficult

“In the eyes of most Irish people, we are a family now.” Monnine Griffith, Clodagh Robinson and their daughter, Edie. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the year Ireland voted Yes in the marriage referendum, two same-sex couples talk about celebrating their first Christmas feelin(...)

The manager of the unofficial Official Crumlin Shopping Centre Facebook page outside the unique retail experience. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The unofficial Official Crumlin Shopping Centre webpage satirises big business, celebrities and jihadists. But it’s rooted in a lo(...)

Matt Berry(left) and Arthur Mathews, writers of Toast on Toast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With a third TV series and a new book, failed actor Steven Toast is proving a big hit for his creators Matt Berry and Arthur Ma(...)

Katie Taylor (red)  has won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Are sports awards that are just for women the answer?

Amal Alamuddin ditched her own surname to become a Clooney. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty

Broadside: Why, in 2015, are so many women still dropping their own surnames when they get married?

The social-welfare Christmas bonus has been increased this year, to 75 per cent of its pre-crash level. Will it affect the Christm(...)

Safe pair of hands: Katherine Drohan, producer of The Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ryan Tubridy puts on his Christmas geansaí on Friday for the most-watched TV show of the year. Katherine Drohan is its producer

Fiona Falconer with her product Wild About with Claire Maguire and Paul Dowling from Swords at the opening of the Bite 2015 Food Festival at the RDS. Over 20,000 Irish food and drink lovers are expected to attend the first annual Festival, showcasing the best of Ireland’s artisan food and drink producers, between Thursday and Sunday

Running until Sunday, Bite at the RDS is the new Irish Times food and drink festival. We sent Anthea McTeirnan along for a taste o(...)

Trina Tsai at the office of BelonG To where a book on the Marriage Equality Campaign by Anna Carey was launched. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Same sex marriages in other countries are recognised under Irish law from Monday

Countess Constance Markievicz in military gear.

Explore Your Archive aims to raise awareness of importance of records in society

Minister for Communications Alex White launches the Hearing Women’s Voices report examining the contribution of women on air during peak-time hours on Tuesday. File photograph: Getty Images

Hearing Women’s Voices radio report shows females simply not being allowed on air

‘Family is something in the heart’: above, a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin in May. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Broadside: When it comes to cohabitation, every which way you lose

Julie Walters. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The actor, who has channelled her Irish side once more for the film ‘Brooklyn’, talks about the class divide, Irish nuns and Mo Mo(...)

Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: PA

Phyllis and Joe McCann, grandparents of the Strictly dancer, put Tristan MacManus through his first steps

“Domestic violence is a serious crime, one that can result in stress, short- and long-term trauma, physical injuries and, in extreme cases, homicide,” the director of Women’s Aid Margaret Martin  said

Killing of Tony Golden a reminder of consequences of domestic violence, says director

Glorious migrants: Chris O’Dowd and Nick  Murphy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy’s new book, ‘Moone Boy: The Fish Detective’ brings Brazil to small-town Roscommon

The PG Tips chimps may have shared a pot of tea, but on the whole, it is humans who are born to be kind, behaviour which is “spectacularly unusual when compared to other animals”, according to the journal Frontiers in Psychology

We humans get a bad press but a new paper by psychologists suggests that unlike chimps and other animals, we are ‘ultrasocial’ wi(...)

Holly Madison at the Playboy Club in 2010. Photograph: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Online porn has changed the girlie mag market, so the once-titillating Playboy title made the only business decision it could: aba(...)

‘It has taken me years to realise my physical appearance should not and does not affect my ability to do what I want to do,’ says 22-year-old Dubliner Sophie Kane. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

73 % of young women see themselves in leadership roles in the future

Women’s Aid launches its Don’t be Afraid campaign . Pictured are TV£’s Elaine Crowley and Margaret Martin from Women’s Aid. The campaign encourages women living with domestic abuse to speak up and call the helpline on  1800 341 900. Photograph: PAul Sharp/Sharpix

It is important to be available in the middle of the night after an attack, director says

Members of Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people returning from London to vote in the referendum in Dublin last May. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Broadside: The marriage equality referendum proved that young people do vote

Actors Karen McCartney, Lisa Lambe and Sophie Jo Wasson re-enact a scene from Train at Connolly station in Dublin

The women who went to Belfast in May 1971 to bring back illegal ‘French Letters’ are looking forward to seeing themselves on sta(...)

File photograph of Jackie Collins who has died aged 77 after a   battle with breast cancer. Photograph: PA

Anthea McTeirnan on an illustrious career that brought pleasure to at least 500 million people

The comedian give us insights into parenting, breasts and wallpaper. She is an ecumenist, bringing us Mary Wollstonecraft, Katie P(...)

Family affair: David, Brooklyn and Victoria Beckham

Do you care what Brooklyn Beckham says or does? You soon will if the marketing works and the celebrity-sucking media have our way (...)

Laura McMorrow, who is originally from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, and Ciarán Hussey, from Glenamaddy, Co Galway, have just made it out of Mongolia and into Russia. Photograph:

Laura McMorrow and Ciarán Hussey set out to travel 10,000km from Japan by bike

Queen Elizabeth II among ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. She is to become the longest serving British monarch on September 9th. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Elizabeth is set to claim the crown from Victoria, after 63 years and seven months

Migrants wait to cross Greek Macedonian border near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

State must play role in ‘one of the most challenging issues for humankind’

Serena Williams of United States, hits a ball during a practice session prior to the US Open. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

US Open favourite is shattering records but she has also shattered stereotypes

 Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) at Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As kids become more supervised than ever, they miss out on a vital part of life

 Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) in Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Smith family describe the differences between their childhood experiences

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

National Women’s Council of Ireland calls for restoration of funds to community groups

Home to the world’s best, worst and weirdest, the hugely popular book started life on a grouse shoot in Wexford

“Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only train carriages,” says British Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

British Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn made some suggestions about women, safety and public transport. His opponents had a (...)

Rosanna Davison: ‘gluten in food should be avoided’.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It's all the fault of gluten, says former Miss World Rosanna Davison, as she sets out to put our diets to right

 Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has been subjected to sexist chanting during Premier League games. Photograph:   Mike Egerton/PA

Leading academic points to increasing trend of disrespect to female healthcare professionals working in sport

Laura Wade-Gery  attends the WIE50 Power Breakfast at the London Stock Exchange. Photograph: Getty Images

M&S did not comment on whether Ms Wade-Gery was pregnant, adopting or using a surrogate. There was to be no rummaging around in h(...)

Long-running childcare issue: Some of the participants in the National Women’s Council of Ireland march to the Dáil in 2002 demanding childcare benifits. Photograph Paddy Whelan

Paid leave essential for any move to reconcile work and family life, says women’s council

Almost one in five people who have to visit the toilet a lot during the night have to sleep in a separate bedroom to their partne(...)

Rose of Tralee: “The Roses are clever, talented, funny, inspirational and generally gorgeous”.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh

We decided to kill 32 birds with one stone by supping at the teat of Irish culture

Contestants ‘judged on reproductive rights available to them in their home countries’

Orla O’Connor: “When women are selected, they get elected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parties must select 30 per cent women to run in upcoming election, or face funding cut

Child may end up in situations in which they feel unwell, uncomfortable, scared

Dr Abigail Moore said: “At the age of four, I would be strongly discouraging them [pacifiers]. It’s not bad parenting and the damage can be reversible, but after two it is more difficult. Mind you, poor old Victoria Beckham.”  File photograph: Getty Images

Photographs of the Beckhams’ daughter with a pacifier have prompted a debate

The late Ted Heath: one of 76 British politicians investigated for possible child abuse. Photograph: Peter Jordan/PA Wire

The former prime minister, who died in 2005, is one of 76 British politicians being investigated for possible child abuse

 Ciarán Hussey in Mongolia. Hussey is cycling home from Japan with his girlfriend Laura McMorrow.

Laura McMorrow and Ciarán Hussey set out to travel 10,000km from Kanazawa by bike

From Trump to Farage, Beyonce to Kim, the palaver over breastfeeding never lets up. It’s the most natural thing in the world. So w(...)

Peg Plunkett, one of Dublin’s most famous women  in the 18th-century.

Museum is asking for public’s help in highlighting sites related to women’s history

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland and Brian Cox of Red C Research and Marketing announcing the results of an Amnesty Red C Poll on Ireland’s abortion laws. Photograph: Alan Betson

Older people more likely to find 14-year prison sentence unreasonable

United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates her second goal against Japan during the Fifa Women’s World Cup final. The  United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan was seen by 25.4 million viewers. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

It’s been a funny old week: Wimbledon, World Cup and Cork GAA calendar clashes

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

Readers’ nominations include Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, Moninne Griffith, Louise Bayliss, Maria Walsh, Emily O’Reilly, Emily Lo(...)

Have you heard who is on The Irish Times Women’s Power List?

Woman’s Hour has been publishing a power list of movers and shakers for three years and The Irish Times thought it was high time i(...)

When are shorts too short for the office and can a man ditch the suit in hot weather?

 Kathryn Nea and Amee Dunne from Sligo and USI president Laura Harmon at the USI Students for marriage equality meeting at Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

USI seeks automatic registration after young vote ‘mobilised’ by marriage referendum

Move in close: if you’re heading to one of Taylor Swift’s two Dublin shows, get ready to be her friend. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty

The progressive, feminist, nice singer is one of the good guys – and not just because she stood up to Apple on behalf of her fello(...)

’The cleaning of O’Connell Street is quite extraordinary, because we are a genuinely filthy nation. We are a filthy race of people, but that street is kept really clean and wholesome all the time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senator said we are all to blame for O’Connell Street’s ‘decrepitude’ earlier this week

Rebecca Adlington with her Olympic golds, left, and posing for Hello! with Summer, her most prized possession

Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington says having a baby is her greatest feat but is motherhood that big an achievement, asks Anthea (...)

Daddy issues: How did this guy become a poster-boy for Father’s Day?

This year, don’t drive dad down with stereotypes – he probably has no interest in lawn games

A scene from Listen,  the winning short film at the  Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards 2015.

Short film depicts a foreign woman trying to communicate with police in Copenhagen

Women are saying it with flowers, but will the glorification of housework keep women in their kitchens?

Amy: “You can’t get comfortable because they’ll just find another way to undermine what you are doing.”

Amy emerged from a dark period two years ago, she was 25 when the relationship began

Kate: “When I got pregnant things changed drastically.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Kate is a single parent living in Dublin who was ‘lost’ – then she met a man

Callers to Women’s Aid said they “were kept prisoner in their own homes, cut with knives, stabbed, spat on, punched, slapped, kicked, held down and choked and beaten with household items”. Photograph: Getty Images

Tusla funding reduction of 20% feels like ‘new recession’, warns agency’s director

Our favourite treat is being hyped as being much better for you than we thought

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told participants at the National Women’s Council’s Feminist Futures conference: “I am here as the Minister for Justice and I’m here as a feminist.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Experience of women critical for economics success, Frances Fitzgerald tells conference

To celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, his wife appointed him Lord High Admiral of Britain’s Royal Navy. Now that he (...)

 FIFA has made “official contact with The FA to express concerns about anti-IRA chanting during the recent fixture against Italy in Turin and with the Ireland fixture in mind.”Photograph: Getty

English FA say songs from ‘ religious or political perspective’ will be frowned upon

The Fans’ Forum on the official website of the English Football Association is awash with real footballing issues, such as how and where to spend the golden hour from noon to kick-off at 1pm.   File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Soccer fans discuss options before England vs Republic of Ireland international in Dublin

 Sinéad Burke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leadership and body image discussed at Through the Looking Glass workshops

Given that Stephanie Roche has time on her hands, we decided to give her the notional job of managing our fantasy football team.

We have Stephanie Roche managing our fantasy football politician team

The cross-over between the campaign for marriage equality and the campaign for abortion rights. Why is one winning and the other losing?

Comment: If we love equality, Eighth Amendment is first obstacle that needs to go

Alex White, John Lyons, Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys at the count at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tears of joy were everywhere at a party so good even the Eurovision was ignored

Celebrating the news that Ireland voted in favour of same-sex marriage in Dublin Castle on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill. Timeline: Thanks to the Irish Queer Archive at National Library of Ireland, Tonie Walsh, Chris Robson, Thomas A O’Shea

Looking at gay rights in Ireland from 1861 to May 22nd, 2015

Legal change does not always mean social change, Dr Mike Thomas of the University of Kent told The Irish Times

‘Couples will wake up after the referendum and homophobia will not have been eradicated’

Bus driver Andy Wilkinson with Moninne Griffith(left) and Mary McDermott of the Yes Equality campaign

Andy Wilkinson’s new job driving the Marriage Equality bus has changed his life

Louise Bruton: “Accessibility and mobility are important issues for a lot of people in Ireland and we want to make sure that something as simple as getting around your hometown is straightforward and easy to plan.”

Louise Bruton continues to review cafés, bars, venues, festivals in Ireland and abroad

You know what you have to do on May 22nd – vote Taylor Swift

Pictured from left to right are students Sean Rooney (DCU), Danielle O’Sullivan (Maynooth) and Shane Keane (Maynooth).

‘Every vote will count’ say students as they prepare for May 22nd trip home

Book argues the pro-choice movement needs to stop being apologetic and put abortion at the centre of women’s lives

Prince George on his way in to see his new sister on Saturday with his father Prince William. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Baby’s status as fourth in line to the British throne should give her an extra 11 years on her peers

Only 6% of young people agree that “the referendum has an impact on existing marriage between a man and a woman”. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey not funded by any interest group or organisation involved in the referendum

Jedward at the ‘Stay Safe on Facebook’ launch at Facebook Dublin. The Diana Awards celebrate young individuals who have actively taken a stand to online and offline bullying.

‘I feel like it’s a massive moment. It is acceptable now’

A screengrab from a video in which Mrs Brown and Lenny Abrahamson join forces and call for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage rReferendum on May 22nd . Video: Treasure Entertainment

Video directed by Lenny Abrahamson stars Ireland’s ‘Mammy-in-chief’ and her son, Rory

Aaron Kiely will be hoping his customers can “come, relax and even have a beer” while he cuts their hair. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Aaron Kiely of the SitStil salon will be styling hair in a pop-up in Dublin’s Bernard Shaw

Madeleine Connolly  from Glenageary, Dublin,  at the launch of  the Yes Equality Bus in Dublin yesterday as it began a   nationwide tour to canvass for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘I’m very disappointed with the Pope. I was sure he was going to be on our side’

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