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When Women Won

Documentary, History
Directed by:
Anna Rodgers
Produced by:
Anna Rodgers, Zlata Filipovic, Hugh Rodgers


50 mins

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is pleased to present Anna Rodgers’s acclaimed documentary When Women Won. The film is free-to-view here until Sunday, May 31st.

Coinciding with the second anniversary of the historic referendum which saw over 1.4m Irish citizens vote to overturn the Irish Constitution’s controversial 8th amendment, the film tells the emotional inside story of the Together for Yes campaign. In the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita  Halappanavar, three Irish feminists, Grainne Griffin, Orla O’Connor and Ailbhe Smyth, joined forces and set about establishing a grassroots, women-led social movement. Working with teams in every county in Ireland, they delivered a landslide victory.

Directed by Anna Rodgers, and produced by Zlata Filipovic and Hugh Rodgers, this compelling and insightful documentary recalls the highs and lows of the tumultuous campaign, and captures one of the most seismic shifts in Irish society in recent history. The film, commissioned by Together For Yes, features footage from filmmakers, campaigners and volunteers from all over the country who captured elements of this groundbreaking moment in Irish society, alongside archive material going back 35 years.

To view ‘When Women Won’ on your mobile, tablet or TV please download The IFI Player App.

Photograph by Derek Speirs


Directed and Produced by Anna Rodgers
Producers Zlata Filipovic and Hugh Rodgers
Editors Emer O'Clery and Hugh Rodgers
Director of Photography Eleanor Bowman