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Am I A Feminist? Are You?

Am I A Feminist? Are You?


In Ireland in 1970, a woman couldn’t buy contraceptives, sit on a jury, keep her job in the public service  or a bank when she got married, or collect her children’s allowance.

Mary Kenny was a founder-member of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement and has seen many shifts, changes and developments in women’s rights and the definition of feminism. Wise, witty, thought-provoking and provocative, Am I A Feminist? Are You? sums up a lifetime of experience.

Part testament, part memoir, part historical explanation – this is a personal appraisal of what feminism has meant, accomplished and prompted over the past five decades. There is light and shade: serious debates about serious subjects, from FGM and abortion to women soldiers and transgenderism – but also entertaining vignettes and anecdotes on the role of the bicycle, hair dye, and the sex revolution.

Praise for Mary Kenny

‘Kenny brings both compassion and a clear mind.’ – The Guardian

‘Honest, humorous and harrowing … one thing that never changed is her innate gift to write sharp, perceptive and clever prose.’ – Irish Mail on Sunday

Praise for Am I a Feminist? Are You?

‘It is extensively researched and covers a multitude of both buzzwords and age-old truisms. Required reading, in other words, for the ‘un-woke’ who are trying to find their sea legs in a debate with many different facets.’ – The Irish Independent

About the Author

Mary Kenny is an Irish author, broadcaster, playwright and journalist. She is a regular columnist for the Irish Independent, and has written for the London Evening Standard, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph. Her books have focused on issues of social history, biography – and Ireland. For more on Mary’s writings see


Mary Kenny


B-Format Paperback





Release Date

October 2017

Additional Information

Weight .400 g
Dimensions .198 × .129 × .15 mm


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