Ursula Barry is Associate Professor in social economics and gender studies in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. Ursula has wide ranging experience as a researcher and policy analyst in the area of gender equality in Ireland, the EU and globally. Ursula is currently the Irish representative on the EU Research Network on Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality (SAAGE). Ursula has published widely on the economic and social situation of women in Ireland her recent publications include Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment in Abortion Papers Ireland (eds) Quilty, A., et al. Cork University Press (2015), and a chapter in Economics and Austerity in Europe – gendered impacts (eds) Bargawni, H., et al. Routledge, London (2017).