The Myth of Gender Equality
Posted on February 19, 2014
Second of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Dr. Ann Matthews lecture is entitled The Myth of Gender Equality, Women revolutionaries in The Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan in the rising of 1916
The years of the Irish Revolution were also transformative years for Irish women. Women nationalist revolutionaries played a central role in the Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. In some quarters the anti-Treaty activists in Cumann na mBan were blamed for the 1922-23 conflict. Citizen Army women in particular have long been held up as models of gender equality. Historian Ann Mathews questions this assumption.
Dr. Ann Mathews lectures in NUI Maynooth. She is specialist on women's history in early 20th century Ireland, especially during the Irish revolution and its aftermath. She is the author of Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 and 'Dissidents' Irish Republican Women 1923-41.