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This is a draft (1) version of source material on the topic of Women and the Conflict in Northern Ireland. It contains a selection of journal and newspaper articles which have been published over the years, and a list of other publications including books, reports and theses. The reader may also want to consult the CAIN bibliography for further information.



Coulter, Carol. (1993) The Hidden Tradition: Feminism, Women and Nationalism in Ireland, Cork: Cork University Press.

Davies, Celia and McLaughlin, Eithne (eds.). (1992) Women, Employment and Social Policy in Northern Ireland: A Problem Postponed? Belfast: Policy Research Institute, University of Ulster and Queen's University.

Evason, Eileen. (1991) Powerwomen: the Contemporary Women's Movement in Northern Ireland, Dublin: Attic Press.

Fairweather, Eileen et al. (1984) Only the Rivers Run Free: Northern Ireland: the Women's War, London: Pluto.

Fearon, Kate. (1999) Women's Work: The Story of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.

Fraser, T. G. and Jeffery, Keith (eds.)(1993) Men, Women and War, Dublin: Lilliput Press.

Meaney, Geraldine. (1991) Sex and Nation: Women in Irish Culture and Politics, Dublin: Attic Press.

Miller, Robert L. Wilford, Rick and Donoghue, Freda. (1996) Women and Political Participation in Northern Ireland, Aldershot: Avebury.

Montgomery, Pamela and Davies, Celia. (1990) Women's Lives in Northern Ireland Today: A Guide to Reading, Coleraine: University of Ulster, Centre for Research on Women.

Morgan, V. and Fraser, G. (1993), The Company we Keep: Women, Community and Organisations, Coleraine: Centre for the Study of Conflict.

Ridd, R. and Callaway, H. (eds.) (1986) Caught Up in the Conflict: Women's Responses to Political Strife, Basingstoke: Macmillan Education in assoc. with the Oxford University Women's Studies Committee.

Rooney, Eilish and Woods, Margaret. (1995) Women, Community and Politics in Northern Ireland: A Belfast Study, Coleraine: University of Ulster: Centre for the Study of Conflict.

Sawyer, Roger. (1993) We are but Women: Women in Ireland's History, London, New York: Routledge.

Shanahan, Kate. (1992) Crimes Worse than Death: How Violence is Terrorising Irish Women, Dublin: Attic Press.

Shannon , Elizabeth. (1989) I am of Ireland: Women of the North Speak Out, New York: Little Brown.

Ward, Margaret. (1995) In Their Own Voice: Women and Irish Nationalism, Dublin: Attic Press.

Ward, Margaret. (1991) The Missing Sex: Putting Women into Irish History, Dublin: Attic Press.

Journal Articles

Paul, Brennan. (1994) "Political Women", L'Irlande Politique et Sociale, Vol. 5, pp.75-86.

Connolly, Clara. (1991) "Communalism: an obstacle to social change", [difficulties faced by Republican feminists in sustaining a political strategy across communal loyalties] Women: A Cultural Review, Vol. 2, (Winter) pp.214-219.

Dunn, Hester. (1985) "A woman's place in the Loyalist community", Fortnight Magazine, No. 220, 27 May, p.7.

Evason, E. ( 1976) ."Women in Northern Ireland: employment, law and social provision", New Community, Vol. 5, (summer) pp.59-63.

Fawcett, Liz. (1992) "The Recruitment of Women to Local Politics in Ireland: a Case Study", Irish Political Studies, Vol. 7, pp.41-55.

Kelly, Kate. (1993) "Staking a claim on the future", Index on Censorship, Vol. 22, Nos. 8 & 9, (Sept.-Oct.) pp.18-22.

Kenny, Mary.(1977) 'The Women of Peace', The Spectator, 15 October, p.14.

Loughran, Christina. (1985) "The women's movement in Northern Ireland: between Republicanism and feminism", Fortnight Magazine, No. 220, 27 May, pp.4-6.

Kilmurray, Avila. (1987) "Women in the community in Northern Ireland: Struggling for their half of the sky", Studies, Vol. 76, (summer) pp.177-184.

McCafferty, Nell. (1985) "A city of wise women hidden from history [women in Derry]", Fortnight Magazine, No. 215, 4 March, p.9.

McFadyean, Melanie. (1985) "Women who wait", New Society, 6 December, pp.406-407.

McLaughlin, Eithne. (1993) "Women and the Family in Northern Ireland: a review", Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 16, No.6, (Nov/Dec) pp.553-568, 1993.

Porter, Elisabeth. (1997) 'Diversity and Commonality: women, politics and Northern Ireland', European Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb.) pp.83-100.

Rooney, Eilish. (1992) "Women, community and politics in Northern Ireland: -isms in action", Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp.475-91.

Rooney, Eilish. (1995) "Women in political conflict", Race and Class, Vol. 37, No.1 (Jul/Sept.) pp.51-56.

Rolston, Bill. (1989) "Mothers, whores and villains: images of women in novels of the Northern Ireland conflict", Race and Class, July/September, pp.41-57.

Roulston, Carmel. (1989) "Women on the Margin: the Women's Movement in Northern Ireland, 1973 - 1988", Science and Society, Vol. 53, pp.219-36.

Shannon, Catherine B. (1992) "Recovering the Voices of the Women of the North", Irish Review, Vol. 12, pp. 27-33.

Ward, Margaret. (1995) "Finding a place: women and the Irish peace process", Race and Class, Vol. 37, No.1 (Jul/Sept.) pp.41-50.

Ward, Margaret. (2005). Gender, Citizenship and the Future of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Eire-Ireland, 40: 3 & 4, Fall/Win 05, [PDF; 210KB].

Wilford, Rick. (1996) "Women and politics in Northern Ireland", Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 49, No.1 (Jan.) pp.41-54.

Wilford, Rick, Donoghue, Freda, Bell, Yolanda and Miller, Robert. (1993) "In their own voices: women councillors in Northern Ireland", Public Administration, Vol. 71, No.3 (Autumn), pp.341-355.

Other Publications:

Brady, Anna. (1988) Women in Ireland: an Annotated Bibliography, London: Greenwood.

Buckley, S. and Lonergan, P. (1983), 'Women and the Troubles 1969-1980, in Y. Alexander and A. O'Day (eds.) Terrorism in Ireland, London: Croom Helm.

McLaughlin, Helen. (2008). Women and the Conflict: Talking about the "troubles" and Planning for the Future, [PDF; 1495KB]. Belfast: Women's Resource and Development Agency.

Morgan, V. (1992), 'Bridging the Divide: Women and Political and Community Issues' in P. Stringer and G. Robinson (eds.) Social Attitudes In Northern Ireland, The Second Report 1991-1992, Belfast: Blackstaff Press.

Morgan, V. (1995), 'Women and the Conflict in Northern Ireland' in A. O'Day (ed.) Terrorism's Laboratory - the case of Northern Ireland, Aldershot: Dartmouth.

Morgan, V. and Fraser, G. (1995), 'Women and the Northern Ireland Conflict - Experiences and Responses' in S. Dunn (ed.) Facets of the Conflict in Northern Ireland, London: Macmillan.

O'Dowd, M. and Wichert, S. (eds.) (1995) Chattel, Servant or Citizen: Women's Status in Church, State and Society, Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast.

Potter, Michael. (2004) Women, Civil Society and Peacebuilding: Paths to Peace Through the Empowerment of Women, (June 2004), [PDF; 1682KB]. Belfast: Training for Women Network (TWN).

Sullivan, Megan. (1999) 'Between Feminism and Nationalism: Pat Murphy and Film History', in, Interviews With Irish Women Filmmakers, unpublished monograph.

Sullivan, Megan. (1999) 'Roisin McAliskey and the Discourse of Incarceration: Gendered Prison Narratives', in, Women in Northern Ireland: Cultural Studies and Material Conditions. Gainesville, Fla: University of Florida Press.

Women's Resource and Development Agency. (2007). Is gender part of good relations?, Report of a conference on A Shared Future organised by the Women's Resource and Development Agency; [PDF; 2219KB]. Belfast: Women's Resource and Development Agency.


Donlon, Margaret N. Women in Irish Political Life: why so few? / M.A, Irish Political Studies, Dublin: University College Dublin, 1989.

National Newspaper Articles

Breen, Suzanne. (1996) "Fear has returned", The Guardian, 29 February, pp.6-7.

Dawson, Helen. (1974) "White doves", The Observer, 7 April, p.30.

Leathley, Jean. (1976) "Troubled rights", The Guardian, 25 February, p.11.

Lentin, Ronit. (1985) "Ulster's fifth column", The Guardian, 23 January, p.8.


Counterpoint. It's a Man's World, 8 June 1995, UTV (30 mins.)
[Women who feel they rarely get a chance to speak in what is perceived as a Man's world tonight get a platform to air their views.]


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