The Irish Women’s Movement
By: Linda Connolly
Publication Date: April 2003
This superbly incisive, comprehensive history of the Irish women’s movement from the 1860s to the twenty-first century – appearing for the first time in paperback – shows how a network of constituent organizations and individuals was transformed into an engine of social change.
While feminism is a major intellectual and political tradition in Ireland, it has been misrepresented and misunderstood in mainstream Irish studies. This survey of key historical and contemporary perspectives redresses that imbalance. It demonstrates how the women’s movement fundamentally challenged established interpretations of the way in which modern Irish society has evolved over time, creating new theoretical directions in Irish studies.
‘Ireland’s first book-length study of this transformative social movement . . . Linda Connolly not only charts a tradition but lays down a challenge.’ – Aine McCarthy, Sunday Tribune
‘An important contribution to the history of the period . . . has a lot to say that is of value to the broader debates about Irish society in the past and in the future.’ – Mary Cullen, History Ireland
‘A well written and very readable book. It not only has an excellent bibliography but contains many informative appendices. These will be of enormous use to students and researchers alike.’ – Louise Ryan, Women’s Studies International Forum
‘A welcome addition to our understanding of the women’s movement and social change in Ireland . . . comprehensive and well written, while being an accessible and enjoyable read.’ – Paul Ryan, Irish Journal of Sociology
‘It is useful as a teaching text and also for researchers in women’s studies, sociology and history. Because the book also raises many interesting and provocative questions it points the way for further research as well.’ – Customer review
‘This is a book by a sociologist which has a lot to offer historians.’ – History Ireland
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LINDA CONNOLLY lectures in Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Cork.