Little series of cartoon #MiniMná for November, starting with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, civil & human rights activist, shot by paramilitaries, slapped the Home Secretary when he claimed British soldiers on Bloody Sunday acted "in self-defence", and all-round legend. #Mnávember
#MiniMná number 2 is Mary Elmes, a Cork-born aid worker who risked her own life - and was arrested and jailed by the Gestapo - helping to save hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis during WW2, including smuggling some of them to safety in the boot of her car. #Mnávember
Betsy Gray is #MiniMná number 3, a young woman who was killed during the 1798 Rebellion after fighting in the Battle of Ballynahinch. Folklore has it that she lost her hand shielding her lover during the battle from a British sword. #Mnávember
#MiniMná number 4 is Hanna Sheehy Skeffington - suffragette, campaigner against misogynistic articles in the Constitution, and jailed for smashing a window at Dublin Castle in protest. "Until the women of Ireland are free, the men will not achieve emancipation". #Mnávember
Born in Donegal, raised in Kerry, Maude Delap is #MiniMná 5. A self-taught marine biologist when women were expected only to marry, she was the first person to breed jellyfish in captivity in her homemade lab on Valentia, and had a sea anemone species named after her. #Mnávember
Sixth #MiniMná is Rosie Hackett, involved in the Jacobs strike and 1913 Lockout, helped set up a soup kitchen to feed the striking workers, co-founded the Irish Women Workers' Union, took part in 1916, and fought tirelessly for workers and working class people's rights #Mnávember
#MiniMná 7 is Dr. Dorothy Stopford Price. She pioneered the use of the BCG vaccine in Ireland which saved countless lives from TB, was nominated for a WHO award, clashed with the Church when trying to set up an Anti-Tuberculosis League, and taught first-aid to the IRA. #Mnávember
Eighth #MiniMná is Nan Joyce, Traveller/Mincéir rights activist, first person from the community to run in a general election, helped found the Travellers' Rights Committee, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President for decades of tireless activism. #Mnávember
#MiniMná number 9 is Rachel Baptist/Rachael Baptiste, who was born in Ireland and had a remarkable career in the 1700s as a professional singer at a time when there were only 1000-3000 black people living here, performing in theatres all over the country and England. #Mnávember
10th #MiniMná is Kay McNulty. Born in the Donegal Gaeltacht and emigrating to the US as a child with no English, Kay excelled at Maths and ended up working for the US Government as part of a top secret team, becoming one of the world's pioneering computer programmers. #Mnávember
#MiniMná number 11 is Peig Sayers. Peig grew up in post-Famine poverty and survived huge hardship on the Great Blasket to become one of the most important folklorists and chroniclers of Irish life in our island's history, and one of the most prominent female voices. #Mnávember
Twelfth #MiniMná is Winifred Carney. A socialist and a veteran of 1916, she co-signed the Manifesto to the Linen Slaves of Belfast with Connolly, was a member of Cumann na mBan, and was the first woman into the GPO during the Rising, remaining until the surrender. #Mnávember
Cork's Agnes Clerke is #MiniMná 13. Despite having no formal education in it, she developed a keen interest in astronomy, published several books, became only the 5th female member of the Royal Astronomical Society, and had a crater on the moon named in her honour. 🌙 #Mnávember
14th #MiniMná is suffragist, trade unionist, writer and pacifist Louie Bennett. She was vital in the Irish Women Workers' Union, a mediator during the Civil War, went to the US to highlight atrocities by the Black & Tans, and met Lloyd George to demand their removal. #Mnávember
The fifteenth #MiniMná is Dundalk's Dorothy Macardle. A historian, writer, activist, and fan of the occult, she was commissioned by De Valera to write "The Irish Republic", spoke out against misogyny in the 1937 Constitution, and passionately rallied against fascism. #Mnávember
Anne Devlin, hero of 1803, is #MiniMná 16. A trusted worker in Robert Emmet's household, she helped him during the Rebellion. After it failed, she was jailed, interrogated and brutally tortured, but refused to give up any information. She died in destitution. #Mnávember
The 17th #MiniMná is Grace Gifford Plunkett. Grace was a professional cartoonist and used her skill to promote Republicanism after her husband Joseph was executed following the Rising. Jailed during the Civil War, she went on to illustrate works by Yeats, among others. #Mnávember
Máire Ní Chinnéide is #MiniMná 18. An Irish language activist, she co-created the game of camogie and became president of the association, was elected the first woman president of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and was the main force behind the publication of Peig Sayers' book #Mnávember
#MiniMná 19 is Margaret Barry. Born in Cork tenements to a musical family with Traveller/Mincéir heritage, she taught herself banjo, left home at 16, busked around Ireland, moved to London, and influenced an entire generation of ballad singers, including Luke Kelly. #Mnávember
High-flying Nancy Corrigan is the 20th #MiniMná. Emigrating from Achill to the US at 17, she worked as a nursemaid and a model to finance pilot lessons, qualified after less than 5 hours training, and was so good that she was employed training fighter pilots for WW2. #Mnávember
#MiniMná 21 is "Queen Of Balochistan", Kerry's Jennifer Musa. Met her husband while nursing, moved to his native Pakistan, and when he died young she entered politics, set up a factory to create jobs, fought for women's rights, and even signed Pakistan's Constitution. #Mnávember
Peg Plunkett, one of Ireland's most famous sex workers, is the 22nd #MiniMná. Clever and resilient, her memoirs caused a sensation, and she was famed for her wit - she mocked the Prince Regent in London, and once turned up to a ball dressed as the goddess of chastity. #Mnávember
#MiniMná 23 is Muriel MacSwiney. A complicated figure, she shunned her wealthy upbringing for nationalism, broke Annie Smithson out of jail, and spoke in the US after her husband died on hunger strike. (For more, see this @irishhistory episode: #Mnávember
24th in the series of #MiniMná is queen of the waves Grace O'Malley (aka Gráinne Mhaol). Commanding a fleet of ships and engaging in piracy and raids, she met with Queen Elizabeth in person, and legend has it she got up after giving birth to turn the tide of a battle. #Mnávember
Belfast's Betty Sinclair is #MiniMná 25. Leaving school to become a millworker at 15, she became a trade unionist and communist, was the first chairperson of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, supported Paul Robeson, and fought for working class unity. #Mnávember
#MiniMná 26 is Margaret Cousins. A suffragist and hunger striker, she was the first woman magistrate in India, helped found the India Women's Conference, made way for indigenous Indian feminists, and composed music for the English version of the Indian National Anthem.  #Mnávember
Horsewhip-and-pistol carrying Lola Montez is #MiniMná 27. Born Maria Gilbert, after a divorce she reinvented herself as a "Spanish" dancer, had Franz Liszt and Alexandre Dumas as lovers, was mistress to and influenced the policies of King Ludwig, and toured the globe. #Mnávember
Mayo's Dr. Kathleen Lynn is the 28th #MiniMná. A suffragist, she helped during the Lockout, ran guns into Dublin, was Chief Medical Officer for the Rising, for which she was jailed, and founded St Ultan's Children's Hospital, the only hospital in Ireland ran by women. #Mnávember
Penultimate #MiniMná is Belfast's Mary Ann McCracken. A United Irishmen supporter and radical, she fought for women's rights, prison reform, and the poor, and campaigned against slavery long into her 80s, embodying her motto "Better to wear out than to rust out". #Mnávember
30th and final #MiniMná is the warrior Queen of Connacht, Medb. Whether real or not, she left her mark on Ireland, and is said to have bestowed sovereignty, fought fiercely, struck deals through "the friendship of her thighs", and kicked an almighty amount of arse. #Mnávember
If you liked the series, there's a print now available with all 30 #MiniMná.

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