Women's Voices in Ireland by Caitriona Clear
Women's Magazines in the 1950s and 60s

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Women's Voices in Ireland examines the letters and problems sent in by women to two Irish women's magazines in the 1950s and 60s, discussing them within their wider social and historical context. In doing so, it provides a unique insight into one of the few forums for female expression in Ireland during this period.

Although in these decades more Irish women than ever before participated in paid work, trade unions and voluntary organizations, their representation in politics and public and their workforce participation remained low. Meanwhile, women who came of age from the late 1950s experienced a freedom which their mothers and aunts - married or single, in the workplace or the home - had never known. Diary and letters pages and problem pages in Irish-produced magazines in the 1950s and 60s enabled women from all walks of life to express their opinions and to seek guidance on the social changes they saw happening around them.

This book, by examining these communications, gives a new insight into the history of Irish women, and also contributes to the ongoing debate about what women's magazines mean for women's history.


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Published December 17, 2015 by Bloomsbury Academic. 205 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction

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As well as providing new insights into Irish women’s lives the book contributes to a growing body of work seeking to re-assess the experiences of women and girls in both Ireland and Britain during the 1950s and 1960s.(3) Moreover the book is an important addition to on-going debates about the use...

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