Sister against sister—women, the Treaty split and the Civil War

May 20, 2022, 05:00 AM

(Recorded @ Phizzfest [Phibsborough Community Arts Festival], Sun 15 May 2022, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum)

Given their activism in the revolutionary period, now widely acknowledged by historians, why were Irish women and their organizations on the margins of deliberations on the Treaty? Why were Irish women under 30 denied the vote in the June 1922 general election? To what extent were they the victims of gendered violence (by either side) during the Civil War? Join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with Síobhra Aiken, Leeann Lane, Mary McAuliffe and Margaret Ward.

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Image: Kate O’Callaghan (left) and Mary McSwiney (centre) on their way to the Treaty debates in Earlsfort Terrace. Both TDs made passionate speeches against acceptance of the Treaty. (NLI)