If you are at all interested in the history of women, and more particularly women's history in Ireland then you will find the collection of articles published in The Irish Times yesterday fascinating.
The authors are a who's who of major writers in the field of Women's Studies and Women's History in Ireland. They include Catriona Crowe, Maria Luddy, Margaret Ward, Rosemary Cullen and Leeann Lane- not forgeting the venerable Mary Robinson. anyone who has studied this field will know they are the royalty of Irish Women's History. Not discounting the unmentioned writers of course.
From the life of the poor in 1911 and Irish Suffragists to Home Rule and the role of Feminism today, every aspect is covered in superb detail, readable for the interested party and not just the academic.
The more familiar names in Women's history like Hanna Sheehy Skeffington are there but also lesser known players in the early fight for women's equal rights. A fascinating area of the country's history it deserves more coverage like this to bring the names into regular knowledge of Irish history along with our other heroes and not as an aside to the wider field.
The Who's who of Contributors to articles
Carmel Quinlan-Genteel Revolutionaries: Anna and Thomas Haslam and the Irish Women’s Movement (2002).
Caitriona Clear-lectures in history, NUI Galway. Has published on nuns in 19th-century Ireland, women in 20th-century Ireland and many other topics.
Leeann Lane-head of humanities, Mater Dei, Dublin. Author of Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular (2010).
Rosemary Cullen Owens-lectures on 19th and20th-century feminism in Ireland. Author of books on female suffrage including Smashing Times: A History of the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement 1889-1922 (1984).
Margaret Ward-director of Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Belfast. Publications include Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism (1983) and biographies of Maud Gonne and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.
Diane Urquhart- Senior lecturer modern Irish history & department head, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Published widely on Irish women’s political activism in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Maria Luddy- Professor modern Irish history, University of Warwick & chair of history department.
Mary McAuliffe- lectures on women’s and gender history, University College Dublin & is president of Women’s History Association of Ireland
William Murphy -lecturer Irish studies, Mater Dei, Dublin. Published on prewar suffragism and political imprisonment.
Louise Ryan -professor & co-director of social policy research centre, Middlesex University. Published widely on suffragism, nationalism and migration.
Maryann Gialanella Valiulis-former director of centre for gender and women’s studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Therese Moriarty -labour and women’s historian & committee member of the Irish Labour History Society.
Mary Cullen -former senior lecturer modern history, NUI Maynooth. Publication inthe history of Irish feminism.
Catriona Crowe-head of special projects at the National Archives of Ireland.
Mary Robinson-former president of Ireland &former UN high commissioner for human rights.
Susan McKay -award-winning journalist,author of Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People (2000).
Joyce Padbury-researcher of life and work of Mary Hayden, published articles on her as educator, historian and pioneering feminist.
Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh- author of Kathleen Lynn, Irishwoman, Patriot, Doctor (2006).
Senia Paseta-tutorial fellow modern history, St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Author of Before the Revolution: Nationalism, Social Change and Irelands Catholic Elite, 1879-1922 (1999).