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Title: Introduction
Authors: Harford, Judith
Rush, Claire
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8112
Date: 2010
Abstract: The admission of women to Irish universities at the end of the nineteenth century heralded one of the most important developments of the twentieth. Access to higher education carried with it the potential to radically alter the role and status of women. It empowered them, affording them access to valued forms of social and cultural capital, thus enabling them to play a more prominent role in twentieth-century Irish society. It allowed women entry to the professions, previously the preserve of males, and extended the potential and capacity for women’s involvement in wider social and political arenas. The successful narrative of women’s access to higher education ran parallel to the campaign for their presence in the public sphere. By the early years of the twentieth century, Irish women had secured not only the right to vote but also to hold property within marriage and to enter the professions of law and medicine. The gains attained by the 1920s, however, quickly evaporated: it was the 1970s before female participation in university education returned to previous levels. Today, while female students outnumber males in most universities (59 percent of Irish university students were women in 2007/8), and greater numbers of women are pursuing academic careers, obstacles still remain in the academy which continue to restrict the progression of women. ‘The paradoxes of this unfinished revolution’ are brought vividly to life in the pages of this book.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Peter Lang
Keywords: Higher educationIrish universitiesGender equality
Other versions: https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/43593
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Harford, J. and Rush, C. (eds.). Have Women Made a Difference? Women in Irish Universities, 1850-2010
ISBN: 9783034301169
Appears in Collections:Education Research Collection

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