I always say that if all the amazing women in our book ruled the world we would be living in much different and much better place. World needs female perspective in politics and that is why I happily and proudly donated books to the Women for Election, a non-for-profit, non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life. They launched their crowdfunding campaign in Twitter headquarters in Dublin and we really hope A Woman’s Work will help to reach their target.
This lady is an inspiration to many women who are thinking about changing their career path. Eleanor had worked as a nurse for 25 years. At the age of 42, when her youngest boy reached the age of eighteen, she decided she was going to start over. She applied to the National College of Art and Design and graduated a few years later with her Masters degree in Ceramic Design. Eleanor exhibits her work nationally, and internationally, and has a collection of ‘tactile’ pieces on permanent display in the Yingge Ceramic Museum in Taiwan.
We are very happy to be joining online forces with “The Shona Project”. It provides helpful and practical guides for the everyday issues and challenges experienced by girls. Tammy Darcy of The Shona Project organises anti bullying workshops at schools as well as talks about social media and kindness club. The Shona Project prompts girls to question how they value and treat themselves and each other and what role models they look up to. Here is an interview with Beta about ‘A Woman’s Work’ book:
Long time no see. We were getting the book ready for printing. All done, it has been sent out and now we have almost a month to get all the rest on track including the book launch and hopefully an interest of media. Speaking of which, first one, lovely article by Una Mullaly, has been just published in Irish Times.
We are currently raising money for printing out the book. By supporting us you support National Women’s Council of Ireland. PLEASE hit the link below, have a look at our video, read about the project and send us your financial contribution if you can.
It is almost a year since I started my journey of photographing amazing women in unusual jobs. And it’s been quite a journey! I have met women who love to fight and to challenge who at the same time are shy, gentle, kind, women who are unbelievably creative despite facing physical disabilities. Women who found beauty in science, who overcame childhood traumas, who chased their career dreams later in life, many after decades of providing for their families in sometimes difficult and underrated jobs. Women who opened their own businesses in the face of discouragement from older and wiser men.
And I had the pleasure and privilege to meet one woman whose work, and passion is in saving people’s lives, despite the fact that she lost her husband before their first baby was born. Lisa Levin’s husband Steve died a year ago. After he was diagnosed with a life threatening illness, they took the decision to freeze his sperm. They had plans to do to do IVF and it was successful first time, so she is now going to make him a dad. And in the midst of her own personal struggle, she is also lifeboat crew member in Clogherhead, saving other people’s lives day in, day out.
When I started this project, I knew that I would meet some incredible people but I didn’t expect it to be a political, social and spiritual experience. Now that I’m almost at the end of finishing the book I know that it’s been one of the most profound experiences in my life. I hope ‘A Woman’s Work’ will have the same impact on everyone, and maybe change other lives for the better too.
Nicky, 41, wanted to be a pilot from an early age. Seventeen years after she first qualified, she currently works as a transatlantic pilot for Aer Lingus and still loves every minute of the job.
The advice I would give my younger self? Be patient with life, don’t rush it and savour all the fun moments. I have a strong belief in positivity. I always look for the silver lining.
When I’m not working I’m A wife, a mum, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I try my best each day in all these roles but it’s never perfect. Then again there’s always tomorrow 🙂 !