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Social Change: The Changing Status of Women  back
A woman’s place in Irish society was markedly different in the 1960s compared to today. But looking back now, it is clear that change was underway. Many women were questioning the prevailing social norms. Some were actively campaigning for changes, often through the legal system, but also through the women’s liberation movement.
[ 3 Radio Clips, 14 TV Clips ]
1. Women in Irish Society: The Education of Girls: 1970
[TV, 3'53"]
A look at the issues of equality for women and the education of girls ...
2. Women in Irish Society: An Employer’s View: 1970
[TV, 5'07"]
Company director, Douglas Thornton, outlines his views on women in industry...
3. Women in Irish Society: An Employee’s View: 1970
[TV, 2'50"]
Mrs Hilliard, a mother who works both inside and outside the home, talks about her experiences ...
4. Mary Robinson on Family Planning Amendments: 1970
[TV, 0'50"]
As a young lawyer, Mary Robinson advocated the liberalisation of Ireland’s traditionally ...
5. Reaction to the Status of Women Report: 1973
[TV, 4'24"]
The report of the first Commission on the Status of Women is published ...
6. Women and the New Irish State: 1975
[Radio, 3'11"]
An extract from Mary Robinson's lecture in the Thomas Davis lecture series, titled “Women and the New Irish State” ...
7. Woman Takes Case to Europe: 1978
[TV, 2'52"]
Mary Robinson represented a married woman at the European Court of Human Rights in a case that went on to make Irish legal history...
8. Women in the Seventies: 1980
[TV, 5'49"]
A look back at events in the 1970s that helped move some way towards equality for women ...
9. First Women Recruits in Army: 1981
[TV, 1'52"]
The first female army recruits at their passing out parade ...
10. Trade Unionist Opposes Working Wives: 1982
[Radio, 2'27"]
The General Secretary of the National Association of Transport Employees attacks the unqualified right of married women to work outside the home ...
11. Appointment of Minister for Women’s Affairs: 1982
[Radio, 4'37"]
The newly-appointed Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Nuala Fennell, after the announcement of the creation of her post ...
12. Women in Farming: 1985
[TV, 3'55"]
Two successful women working in agriculture discuss life on the land ...
13. Minister for Women’s Affairs Two Years On: 1985
[TV, 3'23"]
The coalition government that appointed Nuala Fennell as Minister of State for Women’s Affairs ...
14. Mary Robinson on Divorce: 1986
[TV, 1'47"]
Independent Senator Mary Robinson speaks about divorce on the Today Tonight programme ...
15. Mary Robinson Wins Award: 1988
[TV, 3'06"]
Mary Robinson's contributions to the political and legal systems in Ireland are acknowledged ...
16. Sylvia Meehan on Employment Equality: 1989
[TV, 1'26"]
The Chief Executive of the Employment Equality Agency challenges employers’ right to ask questions regarding marital status ...
17. Forum na mBan: 1989
[TV, 2'27"]
Returned emigrant, Caitlín Nic Gearailt, talks about the highs and lows of life as a young Kerry farmer ...