‘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

Young women want to be leaders, but doubts about self-image hold them back, a new survey has found. “It has taken me years to realise my physical appe(...)

“It should and must be possible for men and women to work collaboratively to end domestic abuse. While not all white people are racist, they benefit from being white. Similarly, not all men are abusers but they benefit from being men.” File photograph: Getty Images

For decades, feminism was supposed to be women’s work, though women can no more mitigate sexism without engaging men than people of colour can address(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

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

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald urged people to “throw out the stereotype” that women do not help each other as she addressed participants at (...)

Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Media coverage of the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who flew 149 people and himself into a mountainside in the French Alps last Tuesday, has been (...)

Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media on Tuesday on the Children and Family Relationships Bill. Photograph:   Collins

First things first: there is no vacancy at the top of the largest governing party. However, that hasn’t prevented a huge focus on the two young prince(...)

The entrance to  the former  Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street, Dublin.   The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill, published last month, proposes survivors of the laundries be entitled to GP care, prescription medicines, nursing and home-help as well as dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services provided by the HSE. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The draft legislation to assist survivors of Magdalene laundries has been described as “unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises” by advocacy (...)

The People’s Conversation: a new vision for active citizenship. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

‘This is a talking shop,” says Ryan Meade, programme leader with the People’s Conversation. He’s unapologetic about this. The idea is that providin(...)

To attend the actual birth and to take time off in the days afterwards, a father is at the mercy of workplace agreements or an employer’s decency to allow them to ‘down tools’, sometimes with very little notice. Photograph: Thinkstock

There is a bizarre anomaly that an employed, expectant father has the right to take paid leave to attend the last two antenatal classes before their b(...)

Betty Friedan: ‘It is, perhaps, beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not, ’ she wrote in The Feminine Mystique. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

From sultry pop stars advertising luxury yogurt with “chocolatey balls” (Nicole Scherzinger, j’accuse), to women in Tallaght having to drag buggies, b(...)