Author Emilie Pine explains how stories won the 8th Amendment referendum 3 weeks ago

Author Emilie Pine explains how stories won the 8th Amendment referendum

"Particularly women’s storytelling".

Author and lecturer Emilie Pine was the guest on this week's episode of Ireland Unfiltered and she spoke with host Dion Fanning in an in-depth interview about her family, her wilder younger years and her new book.

She also spoke about the historic referendum which removed the 8th Amendment from the Irish Constitution in May and the reason why she thinks that referendum passed.

You can read what she had to say about it below.

Emilie: One of the things that really struck me about the Repeal referendum was that it was through people’s stories that we understood more as a country and many people changed their minds.

Particularly women’s storytelling. And that through women’s storytelling they actually changed how women’s bodies in this country are legislated. So storytelling has this incredible power - both emotional but also logistical.

And if we think that through stories we understand more and we empathise more and we can just be then a little kinder. And that is the best thing for society I think -  we could all says yes to that - to being just a little bit kinder.

You can listen to the show in full below.

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