Women and charitable organisations in nineteenth century Ireland
Luddy, Maria. (1988) Women and charitable organisations in nineteenth century Ireland. Women's Studies International Forum, Vol.11 (No.4). pp. 301-305. ISSN 02775395Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-5395(88)90068-4
rish women played an important role in voluntary charity work in 19th-century Ireland. Initially these women were involved in fundraising for male run charities. Individual women soon recognised the need for specialised charities and began to organise other women in societies which catered for the most vulnerable members of society, poor women, prostitutes and destitute children. They later broadened the scope of their work to provide vocational training for women in the teaching and nursing professions. These philanthropic women also formed groups involved in the anti-slavery and temperance movements. Lay voluntary societies were most often formed by women of the protestant or Quaker faiths. The role of lay Catholic women in charitable societies was gradually taken over by female religious orders which developed rapidly in Ireland after mid-century. Most of the women involved in lay voluntary work did not seek publicly to alter the social conditions which led to poverty and destitution. A number of women did, however, individually campaign to change those laws which affected women and children. Through charity work women in 19th-century Ireland broadened the working horizons for all women and promoted their right to be active social agents in Irish society.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Women in charitable work -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century, Charities -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Women's Studies International Forum|
|Page Range:||pp. 301-305|
|Version or Related Resource:||Paper presented at the 3rd International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Dublin, July 1987.|
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