Author Sarah Griffin believes the consequence of realisations in 2017 will bring advances – albeit gradual advances – to gender equality in 2018.
"I think, in the wake of #metoo and the Weinstein Effect, things in Ireland are starting to shift gradually too."
"In my industry, artists and journalists – Grace Dyas and Una Mullally, for example – are pulling together and demanding accountability from the systems in place that actively benefit from the status quo. One in which women are in a minority, paid less, and routinely harassed."
She believes that "something will crumble at the core of this system" over the months and years to come, and that 2017 was just the beginning of that change.
"There are incredibly dedicated and brave women at the helm of any shift that comes.
I think every day about what will happen for us in 2018 with the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment.
"It presents a huge opportunity for anybody who can get pregnant in Ireland to vote for their agency and the agency of their loved ones."
"It will be a huge step toward liberating the women of Ireland if we can achieve bodily autonomy and stop exporting a dozen women a day to seek treatment abroad," she says.
"I have hope for 2018. The light's still on here."
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