As a half Irish man, I knew almost nothing about my heritage other than the infamous potato famine. Entering this class for a credit I didn’t expect to fall so deeply into the cultural and ideals of old Ireland and even the Ireland we know today. It inspired me to travel there even more, I took a trip to dublin to do just this and went to the Abbey Theatre where I saw a play called “The Train” and it fit in so perfectly with this course known as Irish Women and Performance. The play had 3 male characters and the other 8 were female. All of the females were lead roles so that’s not something you get to see a lot in america. I think that this class has helped me gain a perspective of the women’s struggle around me. Especially the ones in show business. Before the class, I never realize how little films and plays tend to have a woman as the main character. Learning about the plays we learned about was a refreshing change of pace and opened a part of my mind that I had never thought to use. These plays they bring women to such an equal level to men and I feel that should happen a lot more than it does. I can’t pretend i know the struggle of my female peers and friends, but the course has definitely shown me better ways to create these characters and make them more equal to each other and not fall into these damsel in distress type tropes. To grow a industry that is altogether more female for a change. How to craft a great female character and create this perspective I have never been able to have as a man. I would recommend this course to any playwrights or screenwriters out there of the male sex. I think that it truly helps us understand just how important it is to include our female counterparts.