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IWLA Special Showing of ‘On the Basis of Sex’ at the Stella Cinema Rathmines

25 February 2019

The Irish Women Lawyers Association took the opportunity to kick start celebrations for 2019’s International Women’s Day by hosting a special preview of the recently released movie On the Basis of Sex, featuring the early career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the fabulous surroundings of the Stella Cinema, and preceded by a cocktail party in the Stella Cocktail Club, the movie was enjoyed by a group of esteemed legal women and men including Minister Katherine Zappone, Ms Justice Marie Baker of the Court of Appeal, High Court judges: Ms. Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh, Ms. Justice Teresa Pilkington, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan and Ms Justice Caroline Costello; Ms. Maria Browne , Chief State Solicitor, Dr Myra Cullinane – State Coroner, Ms. Claire Loftus – DPP; Circuit Court Judge Ms. Pauline Codd and District Court Judges Ms. Anne Watkins and Ms. Patricia McNamara.  The IWLA were particularly pleased to welcome Mr. Patrick Dorgan – President of The Law Society and Mr. Ken Murphy – Director General of The Law Society to our event and greatly appreciate the support which their attendance demonstrated.

The inspired introduction to the evening in the surroundings of the Stella Cocktail Club was provided by a warm insight kindly given by former Supreme Court Judge, Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness who met and dined with Ms. Bader Ginsburg in Galway some years ago. 

IWLA chairperson Maeve Delargy, in her speech took the opportunity to reflect on the theme for this year’s IWD saying:

 “For me it’s just about balance in general. A more balanced world…. Benefit all women, those who choose to work inside the home and those who choose to work outside it, benefit all women and all men who don’t fit the traditional stereotypes and benefit everyone who appreciate diversity of thought and the solutions that can create.”

Perhaps the last word of the evening should go to the inimitable RBG herself:

        “You are a liberated, fearless young woman. Twenty years ago, you couldn’t have been who you are today”

         “Our client is a man. We can’t lose sight of that. Men are also harmed by these stereotypes.”

Balance for Better.