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Grace McDermott (left), 1990-2017, and Catherine Connolly, co-founders of Women Are Boring

Women Are Boring was co-founded by Catherine Connolly and Grace McDermott in 2016. Grace died tragically on 1 May 2017. After a six-month hiatus, Women Are Boring  continued to publish pieces of fascinating research, by women from all over the world and in all fields of academia, to further our goal and in honour of Grace’s memory. You can learn more about Grace in her own words, and the work of Women Are Boring, here. Please also take the time to read the beautiful homage to Grace by her fiancé, Colin. If you would like to donate to a charity in Grace’s memory, please follow this link. Please note that as of 2020, Women Are Boring is no longer active or accepting submissions.

Women Are Boring

Women Are Boring is dedicated to sharing fascinating research by women in all fields of academia (and beyond!), from all over the world. We feature a different woman in research every week, and also run special features on current affairs and other important topics.

Why did we create the site? 

During a discussion on all the awesome, interesting, and exciting research being carried out by women we know, we thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if there was one site people could visit to find out about the fascinating research carried out by women?’ And so, Women Are Boring was born! We also wanted to highlight women in academia and the varied research they do, particularly as only 24% of the persons heard, read about, or seen in news media are women.

Why the name?

Where did the name come from? Well, a quick google search showed us that there are a LOT of people who believe that ‘women are boring’ – from people in online forums, to pieces telling women and girls how to be less so. A cursory search on twitter for the phrase ‘women are boring’ gave us the same result. We hope that the next time someone searches ‘women are boring’, they’ll find this blog instead.

Want to get in touch or write for us?

If you are undertaking research as an academic, or at PhD or master’s level, on any subject, in any discipline, and would like to submit a short piece on your research for a general audience, we’d love to feature your writing. Please read the write for us page for further details. For any further questions and to pitch and submit your piece, you can reach us at: womenareboring@gmail.com. We also run special features on current affairs and culture – if you have an idea for a feature, please get in touch!

If you are not a student/working in academia, but have something you’d love to write about, we’d still love to hear from you. Again, take a look at our write for us page, and email us at: womenareboring@gmail.com.

Want to share on social media?

We’re also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Follow us!

Twitter: @womenareboring


Instagram: @womenareboring

Who are we?

Women Are Boring was co-founded in May 2016 by Catherine Connolly and Grace McDermott, two PhD candidates in the School of Law and Government (Catherine) and the School of Communications (Grace) at Dublin City University (DCU).

In a devastating blow for all who knew her, Grace died tragically in May 2017. Learn more about Grace in this homage to her, written by her fiancée, Colin, and in this piece, featuring her work and words, and remembering her on the first anniversary of the site. 

A note on the WomenAreBoring Blog:

Women Are Boring is dedicated to disseminating interesting research by interesting women.  As with all things worth doing, we are aware that research is debatable and worthy of contestation. This is something we encourage. As such, the opinions and views shared are those of each individual article’s author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Women Are Boring team.


Our wonderful logo and the banner image at the top of the page were created for us by Graphic Design student Chloe Randall-Hinton. Learn more about Chloe and her work here.

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