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Lectures put spotlight on role of women in Northern Ireland

The impact of women on Northern Ireland is to be the focus of a series of free public lectures at the Ulster Hall.

The Anna Eggert Lecture Series, organised by the Women’s Resource and Development Agency, will include five lectures by noted experts including Baroness May Blood, former Linenhall Librarian John Gray and Dr Myrtle Hill from Queen’s.

“The impact that women have had on the history of Belfast is immense but overlooked, so we’ll be looking at the work that has been done in politics, in trade unions, in educational reform and within the community,” Dr Margaret Ward of the WRDA explained.

The series was named in honour of Anna Eggert, a member of the WRDA board, who died in August.

German-born Anna spent 30 years in Belfast and was hugely involved in women’s issues and community work as well as being a Blue Badge Guide.

“She loved Belfast and made a big contribution to the lives of so many people here,” said Dr Ward.

The first lecture will be given by Baroness Blood and is entitled From the Factory Floor to the House of Lords.

She will be talking about the impact of the large factories in Northern Ireland, her experience as a trade unionist and her role in the House of Lords.

The lectures are free, but space is limited. To book, contact the WRDA on info@wrda.net or phone 02890230212.

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