Who we are

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Grace McDermott (left), 1990-2017

Women Are Boring was co-founded in 2016 by Catherine Connolly and Grace McDermott, both PhD candidates in Dublin City University. Grace died tragically on May 1st 2017, days before the first anniversary of the site. Learn more about Grace in this homage to her by her fiancée, Colin, and in this piece, remembering her and featuring her work and her words.

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

Catherine Connolly

Catherine Connolly is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Women Are Boring.  Catherine is a Teaching Fellow in International Security and PhD candidate at Dublin City University, where she researches the U.S. targeted killing programme, states of exception, and their effects on public international law. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked as a policy analyst at the Irish Embassy in London and as a project assistant in security and defence issues at a Brussels think-tank. She holds an M.A. (with Distinction) in War Studies from King’s College London, a B.A. in International Relations with French from DCU, and has also studied in the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo).

Follow Catherine on Twitter here.

 Grace McDermott

Grace McDermott was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Women Are Boring. Grace was a PhD researcher at Dublin City University, investigating Middle Eastern/Arab Identity and Islamophobia in the US news and digital media. She held an M.A.  in International Tourism from the University of Limerick, and a B.A. in Journalism & Public Relations (Cum Laude) from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Our team

Reham Badawy, STEM Editor and UK STEM Ambassador


Reham Badawy is a STEM Editor and UK Ambassador with Women Are Boring, joining the WAB team in October 2016. She is passionate about science outreach and communication.

Reham is a postdoctoral research assistant at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Aston University, working on detecting Parkinson’s disease using smartphones. She graduated with a first class honours BSc in Smart Systems & Neuroscience from Keele University in 2014.

Follow Reham on Twitter at @Reham_Badawy1, and read about her research here.

Dr. Francesca Farina, STEM Editor and Events Coordinator


Francesca Farina is a STEM Editor and Events Coordinator with Women Are Boring, joining the WAB team in October 2016.

Francesca is a post-doctoral research fellow at University College Dublin, investigating how attention and emotion influence memory in real-world settings such as eyewitness testimony. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience and a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from Maynooth University. Follow Francesca on Twitter at @FrancescaRoFa.

Molly Joyce, Legal Affairs Editor

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Molly is our Legal Affairs Editor, and joined the Women Are Boring team in October 2016.

Molly is a recent graduate of the Bar Professional Training Course at City University, London, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2016.

Prior to this, Molly completed her undergraduate degree in Law at Trinity College Dublin and her Masters in Law at the University of Oxford. After university, she taught English in Hong Kong before interning with the Justice Centre Hong Kong (formerly the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre) and the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission in Dublin. While subsequently working with a law firm in Dublin, she volunteered with organisations such as ‘Future Voices Ireland’. Further volunteer activities have included teaching debating to prisoners in the London area with the ‘Vocalise’ programme, assisting solicitors in the Centre for Criminal Appeals to review innocence claims from serving prisoners, and representing parents appealing their child’s permanent exclusion from school throughout England with the ‘School Exclusion Project’.

Molly is currently based in London and is due to start pupillage (a 12-month period of practical training that is required to become a fully qualified barrister) at a London-based Chambers in September 2017.