Join us on Zoom Historical Talk
Wed 6th April, 2pm – 3pm
“These girls had the lives of many young men in their hands”: Women in Revolution, Civil War, and the Irish Free State.
The activities of women of all backgrounds and classes during the Irish revolution was critical between 1919 and 1921. Yet, in 1922, Cumann na mBan was divided and ultimately split on the issue of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. In the foundation of the Irish Free State, women were ultimately relegated to the home and had their participation minimised. This presentation will look at the role that women played during this period and in the foundation of the Irish Free State as well as the legacy of women’s involvement in the revolution 100 years on.
Hayley Brabazon is a first-year PhD candidate from DCU. Her research is primarily concerned with gender and the legacy of the Irish Revolution in an Independent Ireland. She completed her MA in 2020 in the DCU school of history and geography, which focused on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. Her particular area of interest is in examining the manner in which revolutionary women negotiated limited rights and opportunities in the public sphere, as well as the physical, psychological, and financial fallouts of the revolutionary era.
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