Chairperson: Sinéad Gleeson
Two years ago,” said Laura Bates in a recent interview, “I didn’t know what sexism meant.” But, when, after enduring a spate of unrelated incidents, she began to ask friends and colleagues about their own experiences, a shocking fact emerged: every woman she spoke to had encountered sexism not at some point in the past, but earlier that week. Soon afterwards Bates set up the Everyday Sexism Project, a website dedicated to documenting people’s personal experiences of sexism, and now, more than 50,000 posts later, the project has spread to 18 other countries and Bates has emerged as a leading figure in feminism’s ‘fourth wave’.
Chaired by Sinéad Gleeson, Everyday Sexism gathers a panel of leading journalists and campaigners to explore sexism in all its contemporary forms. What kinds of sexism are most prevalent today, and how can we resist them? Joining Bates to discuss these issues are Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor at the Irish Independent, and Jenny Dunne, who runs the Irish branch of Hollaback, an international website dedicated to ending street harassment.