“We got to fifth year and that was us, out the door and into the shirt factory.”
Explore changes and developments in education, working life, and leadership for women in Northern Ireland since 1965. Trace challenges to the education system in relation to what subjects were offered, the importance placed on education, and life changing further education opportunities for women. Investigate the push for equality in the workplace and key milestones in this continuing journey. Learn from women with lived experience about physical work roles for women, including those in factories and mills, and issues around the prevalence of domestic work for women. Reflect on the impact of equality legislation which opened doors to jobs previously perceived to have been out of reach as women began to take steps into roles thought to be reserved for men – such as science and engineering. Discover important developments, such as the removal of The Marriage Bar which gave women the freedom to remain in their employment once married, and key legislation in relation to equal pay and sex discrimination. Childcare remains a barrier to employment for women and this theme documents the many campaigns for support since 1965.
Through unique archival material and insightful oral reminiscence, meet the women who actively sought out places to be seen and heard. The women who recognised the need to create space where women could listen and talk, generate ideas, find, and give support, and foster community. Uncover the fascinating origins and stories of the women’s centres set up and run to offer advice on women’s issues and rights.