The narrative of the Irish revolution as a chronology of great men and male militarism, with women presumed to have either played a subsidiary role or no role at all, requires reconsideration. Women and feminists were extremely active in Irish revolutionary causes from 1912 onwards, but ultimately it was the men as revolutionary ‘leaders’ who took all the power, and indeed all the credit, after independence. Women from different backgrounds were activists in significant numbers and women across Ireland were profoundly impacted by the overall violence and tumult of the era, but they were then relegated to the private sphere, with the memory of their vital political and military role in the revolution forgotten and erased. Women and the Irish Revolution examines diverse aspects of women’s experiences in the revolution after the Easter Rising. The complex role of women as activists, the detrimental impact of violence and social and political divisions on women, the role of women in the foundation of the new State, and dynamics of remembrance and forgetting are explored in detail by leading scholars in sociology, history, politics, and literary studies. Important and timely, and featuring previously unpublished material, this book will prompt essential new public conversations on the experiences of women in the Irish revolution.
About the Author
Professor Linda Connolly is the Director of the Social Sciences Institute at Maynooth University. She has published extensively, including two books: The Irish Women's Movement: From Revolution to Devolution (2003) and Documenting Irish Feminisms: The Second Wave (with Tina O'Toole, 2005).
"This is such an important and timely publication, covering as it does such a wide number of crucial issues. Professor Connolly and all the contributors to this book have placed us in their debt as scholars … I very much welcome this most important contribution to our understanding of our past." —President Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
"This book highlights multiple female experiences, the original and vital insights provided by those who have been researching women’s history for decades, and the continuing efforts to broaden and complicate the narrative of the Irish revolutionary decade." —The Irish Times
"This book highlights multiple female experiences, the original and vital insights provided by those who have been researching women’s history for decades, and the continuing efforts to broaden and complicate the narrative of the Irish revolutionary decade." —Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
"A chilling reminder that the Irish revolution remains unfinished!" —Belfast Media Group