Monica McEnroy & the Women’s Movement in 1960s Ireland

Who is Monica McEnroy? I’ve taken annual leave from work this week so that I can focus on my book manuscript. To explain briefly, the book is about representations and expectations of Irish women in the 1960s as seen through the lens of women’s magazines. I’m currently tackling the chapter on 1960s motherhood, which has causedContinue reading “Monica McEnroy & the Women’s Movement in 1960s Ireland”

Media Contribution: Contraception in Ireland

On Sunday, I joined Diarmaid Ferriter (UCD) in a discussion about the history of contraception with Myles Dungan on RTÉ’s The History Show. This month marks the 25th anniversary of The Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act, 1985. The legislation was introduced by the then Minister for Health, Barry Desmond, who explained in one interview, I regardContinue reading “Media Contribution: Contraception in Ireland”

Round-Up: Pill & Pen – Unwanted Pregnancy in Popular Culture

I’ve just arrived back from the Pill and Pen conference at the University of Iowa, where delegates spent the weekend presenting on and discussing the representation of contraception and unwanted pregnancy in popular culture. It is rare to find a conference at which every paper is of interest and relates in some way to yourContinue reading “Round-Up: Pill & Pen – Unwanted Pregnancy in Popular Culture”

Perceptions of Pregnancy Conference: Call for Papers Closing Soon

Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern is a three-day conference that I am co-organising with my colleague, Dr Jennifer Evans. It will be held at the University of Hertfordshire between 16 and 18 July. The response to our call for papers so far has been fantastic, and with abstracts coming from placesContinue reading “Perceptions of Pregnancy Conference: Call for Papers Closing Soon”

Conference CFP: Perceptions of Pregnancy – From the Medieval to the Modern

Download a PDF of the call for papers here. Visit the conference website for updates.

‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change

Did you watch RTÉ’s The Riordans? If so, can you help with a research project? Details below. In my last post, I wrote about some of the ways that the lives of women changed as the 1970s progressed. One of the topics discussed was the legalisation of the sale of contraceptives. As I mentioned in thatContinue reading “‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change”

1970s Ireland: A Good Place for Women?

Over the last week, a particular newspaper article has repeatedly popped up on twitter.  It was published in December 2012 in the Galway Advertiser, but I don’t actually recall seeing much about it at the time.  However, I’m not surprised that it has been so frequently tweeted and re-tweeted.  The headline alone – ‘Ten thingsContinue reading “1970s Ireland: A Good Place for Women?”