Women on Walls is an eight-part podcast series celebrating the lives of eight Irish women who forged careers in healthcare during a time in Ireland when women were expected to stay at home...

Listen to Women on Walls: Dr. Barbara Maive Stokes (1922 – 2009) above:

Dr. Barbara Maive Stokes was a paediatrician and pioneering disability campaigner. Born in London, Stokes studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, after which she trained as house physician at the Meath Hospital. She earned a certificate in public health from UCD in 1947 and hoped to become an epidemiologist, but the marriage ban prevented this as positions in that field were all within the public service. Turning to paediatrics, Stokes was appointed assistant physician at St Ultan's Hospital; she also worked at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, and in the 1950s was senior demonstrator in pharmacy and physiology at RCSI. Stokes first involvement with the association that would become St Michael’s House, a community-based service for people with an intellectual disability, was as a part-time volunteer; later she managed the entire organisation. A tireless advocate, Stokes served on many boards, notably the National Rehabilitation Board and Inclusion Ireland.

Dr Barbara Maive Stokes by Catherine Creaney

Women on Walls is a campaign by Accenture in partnership with RCSI that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Find out more here.