Social values


  1. Briefly describe what appears to have been the prevailing attitudes in the 1920s towards the role of women.
  2. Do you think most Irish women at the time accepted the prevailing attitudes towards the role of women? Give reasons for your answer.
  3. Briefly discuss your own opinion about these attitudes.
  4. Many women had been active in political and cultural organisations before the creation of the Irish Free State. Do the reasons given above fully explain, in your opinion, why they played such a minor role in the political life of the new state?


Organise a class debate on one of the following topics:

-That men should get preference in times of unemployment
-That TDs elected by both women and men constantly ignore the interests of women in Ireland.

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