Mary McGill

Mary McGill is a Hardiman scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Her research explores young women’s engagement with the selfie phenomenon. Her areas of interest include digital culture, visual culture, gender and (post-) feminisms. She lectures in gender and feminist theory at NUIG’s Centre for Global Women’s Studies. Outside academia – time permitting! – she works as a freelance journalist and media contributor, with a focus on women’s rights, women’s histories, popular culture and the arts. She tweets at @missmarymcgill.


Going back as far as 1914 to tell the story of a suffragette Mary Richardson, Mary McGill contemplates the power of female gaze in today’s selfie culture.


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