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    The Irish Women's Movement

    Cullen, Pauline (2015) The Irish Women's Movement. Global Dialogue, 5 (2). ISSN 1450-0590

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    Ireland’s long history of patriarchy is matched by the ongoing evolution of its women’s movements. Today’s complex, transnational feminism finds its precursor in the colonial era. The first wave of the Irish women’s movement dates from the mid-19th century, with the franchise secured for women in 1918 while still under British colonial rule. First-wave feminists played a role in the nationalist movement, but their demands were sidelined later, during the construction of a conservative Catholic post-colonial Irish state. In the 1970s, the second wave marked a critical period of radicalism and consolidation, with important gains on issues of violence against women and women’s reproductive rights. The 1980s, in contrast, were a period of social conservatism, high unemployment and emigration, marked by a significant backlash against gains made by women’s rights advocates, including constitutional bans on divorce and abortion.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Irish; Women; Movement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 6354
    Depositing User: Dr. Pauline Cullen
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 16:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Global Dialogue
    Publisher: Centre for World Dialogue
    Refereed: Yes

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