Congratulations to PhD student Rita McCarthy in the Department of History, supervisor Professor Bernadette Whelan, who has been awarded the Anna Parnell Travel Grant by the Women’s History Association of Ireland to assist with her research into women’s emigration.  The title of her PhD is ‘A comparative study of Irish women’s emigration to Britain and the US, 1945 to 1970’.

The Anna Parnell Travel grant was established in 2011 to promote research among early stage scholars in Irishwomen’s and Gender History.

Anna Parnell was the fifth of eleven children born to John Henry Parnell, an Irish Protestant landowner, and Delia Tudor Stewart Parnell. Michael Davitt’s proposal to establish an Irish Ladies’ Land League led him to propose Anna as its organiser as he had previously worked alongside Anna Parnell in New York and recognised her administrative ability. Anna Parnell’s life provides a vivid illustration of the immense difficulties faced by intelligent and energetic women in the nineteenth to find a role and have their voices heard.

The travel grant is named in her honour to reflect her vigorous campaigning which saw her travel widely and her intellectual and political contributions which were largely ignored in her lifetime.  One travel grant is awarded per year.

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