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RCSI marks International Women’s Day

08 March 2016

Many of the country’s leading business women and academics, including RCSI Alumni, gathered this month in the historic Boardroom of RCSI to mark International Women’s Day at an event entitled “Enabling Leadership – 100 years on from the revolutionary women of 1916".

The forum commenced following a buffet breakfast when Prof. McGee set the context in terms of the Revolutionary Women of 1916 including Margaret Skinnider, reportedly the only female wounded in the action and she outlined the pioneering role that RCSI has played throughout the years in advancing gender equality. For example, in 1893 the first female fellow, Emily Dickson was appointed, and in 1885 Agnes Shannon was the first female medical student registered in a British or Irish Medical School. Fast forward to 2010, when the College elected the first female Dean of a Medical School in Ireland (Prof. Hannah McGee) followed later that year by the first female President of a Royal Surgical College in Ireland or the UK (Prof. Eilis McGovern).

The forum was chaired by academic and broadcaster Dr Aoibhinn Ni Suilleabhain. Panelists included Head of Nursing and Midwifery at RCSI Prof. Zena Moore; CEO of CPL Resources Plc, Anne Heraty; CEO of Keelings Fruit, Caroline Keeling as well as RCSI Council Member and Consultant Surgeon, Deborah McNamara and Professor of Molecular Medicine, Catherine Godson. Topics of lively debate amongst the panelists and audience included education, resilience, voice impact, coaching and the value of positive mentoring, both in work and in life.