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Compelling and insightful, and illustrated with photographs from the campaign, It’s a Yes! is for anyone interested in learning more about the campaign behind the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past three-and-a-half decades. The landslide Yes vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment on 25 May 2018 marked a coming of age for Irish society and its Compelling and insightful, and illustrated with photographs from the campaign, It’s a Yes! is for anyone interested in learning more about the campaign behind the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past three-and-a-half decades. The landslide Yes vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment on 25 May 2018 marked a coming of age for Irish society and its attitude towards women. In a result that stunned not only Irish voters but a global audience, the Irish electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of women s right to access abortion in Ireland. It s a Yes! tells the inside story of the Together for Yes campaign, including the drama and the tension, providing an authoritative account of a landmark campaign in a referendum marked by misinformation from opponents to repeal that changed Irish society forever. Together for Yes brought together individual activists and over 200 organisations from every sector of Irish society and from every county in the country. It s a Yes! gives previously unrevealed details of how three feminist activists, Gráinne Griffin, Orla O'Connor and Ailbhe Smyth, prepared for the referendum, brought together a huge platform of campaigners and allies, rolled out a whip-smart social media drive and a nationwide door-to-door canvassing operation, fundraised way beyond their target, and led the way for political parties and other civil society groups, while at the same time managing to maintain a remarkable unity of message in a situation where there was provocation at practically every turn. It also explores how and why the mainstream media often misunderstood this women-led campaign failing to see the harnessing of the power of grassroots support and on-the-ground activism and outlines the environment in which the vote took place a country that had been dominated by the Catholic Church for so long and with a list of scandals and tragedies perpetrated against women.


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Compelling and insightful, and illustrated with photographs from the campaign, It’s a Yes! is for anyone interested in learning more about the campaign behind the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past three-and-a-half decades. The landslide Yes vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment on 25 May 2018 marked a coming of age for Irish society and its Compelling and insightful, and illustrated with photographs from the campaign, It’s a Yes! is for anyone interested in learning more about the campaign behind the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past three-and-a-half decades. The landslide Yes vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment on 25 May 2018 marked a coming of age for Irish society and its attitude towards women. In a result that stunned not only Irish voters but a global audience, the Irish electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of women s right to access abortion in Ireland. It s a Yes! tells the inside story of the Together for Yes campaign, including the drama and the tension, providing an authoritative account of a landmark campaign in a referendum marked by misinformation from opponents to repeal that changed Irish society forever. Together for Yes brought together individual activists and over 200 organisations from every sector of Irish society and from every county in the country. It s a Yes! gives previously unrevealed details of how three feminist activists, Gráinne Griffin, Orla O'Connor and Ailbhe Smyth, prepared for the referendum, brought together a huge platform of campaigners and allies, rolled out a whip-smart social media drive and a nationwide door-to-door canvassing operation, fundraised way beyond their target, and led the way for political parties and other civil society groups, while at the same time managing to maintain a remarkable unity of message in a situation where there was provocation at practically every turn. It also explores how and why the mainstream media often misunderstood this women-led campaign failing to see the harnessing of the power of grassroots support and on-the-ground activism and outlines the environment in which the vote took place a country that had been dominated by the Catholic Church for so long and with a list of scandals and tragedies perpetrated against women.

18 review for It's a Yes: How Together for Yes Repealed the Eighth and Transformed Irish Society

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This boom gives a great insight into the inner workings of the campaign that gave rise to one of the most significant referendum results in Irish history. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried at numerous times while reading the accounts. It brought back amazing memories of pounding pavements and knocking on doors with amazing, resilient people, of the hurdles the campaign overcame and the crowdfunding campaign that exceeded all expectations. An amazing keepsake for anyone involved in the Repealing of This boom gives a great insight into the inner workings of the campaign that gave rise to one of the most significant referendum results in Irish history. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried at numerous times while reading the accounts. It brought back amazing memories of pounding pavements and knocking on doors with amazing, resilient people, of the hurdles the campaign overcame and the crowdfunding campaign that exceeded all expectations. An amazing keepsake for anyone involved in the Repealing of the Eight.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frances Wilde

    I had a good old cry at this. An informative, enlightening, inspiring account of one of the most incredible movements I've ever witnessed. What a joy to relive the strength of the women in this country.

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