Hello, and welcome to part one of a two-part course about the lives of Irish women in the new Irish Republic. The Irish Free State came into being in 1922, with a new constitution and the promise of equality for men, women and children. However, the opposite happened for the women, and by the time the Free State formally becomes the Republic of Ireland in 1949, a women's place in the new Republic is very firmly in the home.
In part one of this course, we will explore how this situation came about. In part two, we will look at the role of the Irish Housewives' Association in working towards the second wave of the Irish feminism in the 1970s.