Quiet Revolutionaries

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Quiet Revolutionaries examines the pivotal role Irish women played in the development of education, medicine, and sport in 100 years of change in their country and indeed the world in general. The book discusses women’s educational attainment, their lives in secondary and third-level education, and their professional struggles. Ó hÓgartaigh examines the experiences of teachers and the medical approaches of a significant generation of doctors, and nurses attempts to professionalize, both in Ireland and internationally. The challenges faced by women in other professions at also discussed, particularly the few dentists, pharmacists, and veterinary surgeons. The origins of women’s sport in Ireland and closely examined, as are the sporting careers of women, and the sporting restrictions in place in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Finally, traditional views on women and paid work are entertainingly analyzed. The rigorous research undertaken by Ó hÓgartaigh in her exploration of women in heretofore male-dominated spheres is balanced by a witty and entertaining tone, and as such, Quiet Revolutionaries is a unique book on Irish women in history.


Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh was born in County Clare in 1967 and is a graduate of the NUI Galway. She graduated with a Ph.D. in history from University College, Dublin and works for All Hallows College, Dublin City University. She was a Fulbright Fellow and Professor at Boston College. Her second book is entitled Business Archival Sources for the Local Historian. Her third book is Edward Hay, Historian of 1798: Catholic Politics in an era of Wolfe Tone and Daniel O'Connell. Outside scholarship, she has competed in athletics for a quarter of a century and won a silver medal for Ireland at the European Masters' Games in Sweden.