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Mary Cullen and Maria Luddy (Editors)
Female Activists: Irish Woemen and Change 1900-1960



Mary Cullen and Maria Luddy (Editors)
Female Activists: Irish Women and Change 1900-1960

Female Activists charts the lives and work of women who were significant figures in Irish political life in the twentieth century. Many of these women had cut their activist teeth in the suffrage campaign and went on to play an important role on the national and international political stage from the time of independence.

These biographical studies recount the lives and work of trade unionists, Louie Bennett, Helena Molony and Mary Galway, and political activists, Kathleen Lynn, Rosamond Jacob, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins. While often associated with one particular arena these women, in reality, campaigned on numerous significant issues, from suffrage to pacifism, republicanism, trade unionism, socialism and health reform. In addition, Jacob was a novelist, Molony a leading Abbey actress, and Lynn a pioneer in pediatric medicine. Many were viewed as 'radical' in a society that was deeply conservative.

This collection adds considerably to our view of women's place in twentieth-century Ireland. It provides the first comprehensive study of a significant group of Irish women. It presents a challenging and original contribution to Irish history.

Mary Cullen is an Academic Associate at NUI, Maynooth and a Research Associate at the Centre for Women's Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.
Maria Luddy is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Warwick.

ISBN 0-9534293-0-X ; 250pp €18.50

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Notes on Contributors
Chapter on Rosamond Jacob


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