Tesco Stores Across Ireland Have Been Turned Into Mini-Museums For International Women’s Day

The supermarket has opened its aisles to the Women's Museum of Ireland for the day.

Irish women have lots to be proud of – and on International Women’s Day, you can learn about the achievements of brilliant Irish women as you do the Big Shop.

Tesco has opened its aisles to the Women’s Museum of Ireland, founded in 2012 by Jeanne Sutton, Kate Cunningham, Zoe Coleman and Holly Furlong to recognise the role of women in Irish history, as well as Irish women who made history abroad.

The project exists primarily online, but for today only, Tesco stores across Ireland will host pop-up museums to tell the stories of six inspiring Irish women who have excelled in fields as varied as activism, fashion and STEM.

This #IWD, Tesco opens its aisles to the Women’s Museum of Ireland…

A home for the trailblazers, and for the pioneers. For the thinkers, the optimists, and the dreamers. A home that champions their past, while celebrating our present. A home, to tell her story. This International Women’s Day, we open our aisles to host the Women’s Museum of Ireland by giving them a space, a home, to tell the tales of 6 incredible Irish women who fought tirelessly to pave the way to a brighter future for ALL citizens of Ireland. Visit any of our stores to read their stories, or listen to the audio guides here www.tescoirl.com/wmi#InternationalWomensDay #WMI #IWD

Posted by Tesco Ireland on Thursday, 7 March 2019

Wander the aisles to find out more about these women:

  • Constance Markievicz, the revolutionary who fought for the rights of women and workers in Ireland
  • Kay McNulty, a mathematician who programmed one of the world’s first electronic computers
  • Oonagh Keogh, the first woman to ever work on a stock exchange floor
  • Carmel Snow, a leading light in fashion who was Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar for over 20 years
  • Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who ruled large swathes of land in Connacht in the 1500s
  • Lizzie Le Blond, a mountaineer who climbed peaks no one had ever reached before, at a time when women climbers were in the minority

“We’re delighted to have the museum come to life in a place anyone can access. The stories being told range from STEM to fashion to actual revolution, which is so cool,” Women’s Museum director Jeanne Sutton tells STELLAR.

The story of Kay McNulty, an Irish mathematician from Donegal, is my favourite from the series, because women have been written out of computing’s history and now their descendants and historians are rewriting the code, so to speak.

The exhibits are open for today only in larger Tesco stores, so make sure to check it out while you’re getting the few bits. You can also listen to the audio guides and find out more about the Women’s Museum here.

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