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Irish Social History

Changes in Women's Lives 1900 - 2000

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Education 1900 - 1945 -1900: Very few women went to university -Equal access to schools but parents were more interested in educating boys
Education 1945 -2000 -1960s: Free secondary education from 1967 helped more girls go to school and university -1970s: Co-ed schools meant a wider range of subjects open for girls -2000: More women than men graduating from university in many subjects
Work 1900 - 1945 -1900: Many girls from middle-income families did not work before marriage -Poor women worked as servants or in farms and factories -The marriage bar kept most from reaching top of their professions
Work 1945 - 2000 -1973: Removal of marriage bar -1977: Employment Equality Act gave equal pay for equal work and improved women's wages -1980s: Most women work after marriage
Politics 1900 - 1945 -Women's Franchise League campaigned for right to vote for parliament -1918: Markievicz elected MP in first Dáil & later made minister for labour 1922: In the Irish Free State women had the same voting rights as men, but few were elected to Dáil Éireann
Politics 1945 - 2000 -1970s: Women's liberation movement encouraged women to seek election -1979: Máire Geoghegan-Quinn appointed a minister -1990: First women president elected - Mary Robinson -1997: Second woman president elected - Mary McAleese
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