Women in the Irish National Movement Discussion (Nov 1996)

Query From Melissa Smith masmith@law.harvard.edu 11 Nov 1996

[Ed. Note: This query came out of the discussion of heroic women in the movies, and after the viewing of Jordan's film on Michael Collins]

...With the exception of a purely decorative love interest...Jordan has left women completely out of the story of the Irish movement for independence and the civil war that followed (1916-1922). Can anyone enlighten me on the subject of women's public participation in this tumultuous period of Irish history?


McKillen, Beth "Irish Feminism and Nationalist Separatism, 1914-1923", Eire-Ireland (17:3)

Murphy, Cliona Women's Suffrage Movement and Irish Society (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989)

Ryan, Louise Irish Feminism and the Vote (Dublin, Folens, 1996)

Ward, Margaret Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism (1983)

(Reprinted last year)

Ward, Margaret, ed In Their Own Voice: Women and Irish Nationalism

Other Print Sources:

Journal of Women's History, Winter/Spring 1995 Double issue on Irish Women

Individual women and women's groups suggested for researching:

Winifred Carney

Kathleen Clark

Maude Gonne

Constance Markiewicz(Countess)

Helena Moloney

Jenny Wyse Power

Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington (Papers at Fawcett Library)


Cumman na mBan (women's auxiliary of the Irish Volunteers)

Inghinidhe na eEireann (Daughters of Ireland)

Irish Citizen Army

Sinn Fein

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