We're heading across the Atlantic and back 100 years to commemorate today's #FierceFemaleFriday
by introducing you to Countess #ConstanceMarkievicz
! Born Constance Gore-Booth, Madame Markievicz abandoned society soirees and became Ireland's first female elected official - while incarcerated!
Ireland was in bad shape during Constance's lifetime. Tax and rent money largely went to England, instead of being invested in Ireland – thus resulting in recurrent crises of poverty, plague, and famine. Instead of resting in her affluent place in society and ignoring the problems of her country, Constance married an artist, organized protests, and eventually took part in the Easter Rebellion. She was sent to prison for her participation. Then, in the span of several years (due to the way the British executed swathes of Irish citizens), opinion had swayed so heavily that Constance and many of her cohorts were released from prison. This was not a universally popular call, though – and she was to be re-incarcerated regularly, often with little to no specific cause, throughout the rest of her life. On 28 December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat as she, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, refused to swear allegiance to the King. She was also the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922). Now, while we at Ducdame don't advocate violence in any way, we can't deny that this lady was the fiercest of females! Read more about her from the cool kids at @rejectedprincesses
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