"Furies" and "Die-hards": Women and Irish Republicanism in the Early Twentieth Century


Ryan, Louise. 1999. "'Furies' and 'Die-hards': Women and Irish Republicanism in the Early Twentieth Century." Gender and History 11 (2): 256-75. 

Author: Louise Ryan


"This paper explores aspects of women’s contribution to the armed Repub-lican campaign in Ireland and analyses, in particular, representations of thesewomen who transgressed and negotiated gender roles in a militarist con-text.From smuggling guns and carrying despatches to actual participationin armed conflict, women played significant and varied roles in the militantcampaign for Irish independence.‘From the onset of the 1916 Easter Risingthrough the struggle for independence and the civil war, women assumeda prominent role in putting Ireland’s case for freedom before the world’" (Ryan 1999, 256).

Topics: Armed Conflict, Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Combatants, Female Combatants, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarism, Nationalism, Political Participation Regions: Europe, Western Europe Countries: Ireland

Year: 1999

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