Ailbhe Smyth is an activist and former academic who has been involved in feminist, LGBT, and radical politics for a long time. The founding director of the Women’s Education, Research and Resource Centre (WERRC), she was head of Women’s Studies at UCD from 1990 until 2006 when she left UCD to work independently. She has lectured and written extensively on feminist issues. She is Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and a founding member of Marriage Equality. She is currently campaigning for the civil marriage equality referendum. In March 2015 she received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the GALAS 2015, the first time the award has been made.