By Rosemary Cullen Owens

ISBN-10: 0717136817

ISBN-13: 9780717136810

A Social background of ladies in Ireland is a vital and past due publication that explores the position and standing of ladies in eire from 1870 until eventually 1970, taking a look at politics, sociology, marriage styles, faith, schooling and paintings between different subject matters. It presents an essential lacking piece within the jigsaw of contemporary Irish history.

Using a mix of fundamental learn and released works, A Social heritage of ladies in Ireland explores the position and standing of girls in eire. It examines way of life strategies to be had to girls in this interval in addition to supplying an summary of the forces operating for switch inside Irish society. In bringing jointly a wide-ranging portfolio of fabric, A Social historical past of girls in eire 1870–1970 fills a major hole within the literature of the interval by way of concentrating on the reviews of Irish ladies, a bunch so usually neglected in histories of innovative males and renowned politicians.

Crucial to a choice of the prestige of ladies all through this era is an exam of the alternatives to be had concerning paintings, marriage and emigration. Rosemary Cullen Owens stresses invariably the significance of sophistication and land possession as key determinants for women’s lives. A lessen in domestic industries allied to expanding mechanisation at the farm led to a contraction of labour possibilities for rural ladies. With the institution of an self sustaining farming classification, the distinguishing standards for prestige in rural eire turned possession of land, within which single-minded patriarchal figures ruled. during this context, the location of ladies declined, and a society developed with a excessive trend of late-age marriages, huge numbers of unwed little kids, and an permitted development of emigration.

In the towns and cities, the situation of lower-working-class ladies was once specifically distressing for many of the interval, with specific difficulties concerning housing, overall healthiness and sanitation. during the paintings of campaigning activists, equivalent academic and political rights have been finally attained. From the early 1900s there has been a few growth in girl employment in outlets, places of work and undefined, yet household carrier remained a excessive resource of employment. For middle-class ladies, employment possibilities have been constrained and customarily disappeared on marriage. The civil carrier — an important agency in an economic climate that used to be quite often un-dynamic and stagnant — operated a bar on married ladies for far of the interval.

Rosemary Cullen Owens no longer basically strains those injustices but additionally the campaigns fought to correct them. She locates those struggles within the wider social context during which they happened. this crucial booklet restores stability to the narrative of contemporary Irish heritage, altering the point of interest from key male political figures to society at huge via unveiling the customarily forgotten tale of the country’s girls over a tumultuous century of swap. In doing so, Rosemary Cullen Owens enriches our realizing of Irish historical past from 1870 to 1970.

A Social background of girls in Ireland: desk of Contents


    Part 1. Irishwomen within the 19th Century

  1. ‘A steadily widening set of objectives’—The Early Women’s Movement
  2. Developments in woman Education
  3. Faith and Philanthropy—Women and Religion
  4. Part 2. a brand new Century—Action and Reaction

  5. Radical Suffrage Campaign
  6. Feminism and Nationalism
  7. Pacifism, Militarism and Republicanism
  8. Part three. Marriage, Motherhood and Work

  9. The Social and fiscal function of girls in Post-Famine Ireland
  10. Trade Unions and Irish Women
  11. Women and Work
  12. Part four. ladies within the New Irish State

  13. The Quest for equivalent Citizenship 1922–1938
  14. The Politicisation of ladies Mid-Twentieth Century
  15. Epilogue: A Woman’s World?

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