The Impact of Partition on Women in the North


  • Goretti Horgan Socialist Workers Network


To understand the impact of partition on women in the North, we have to remember that, until 1921, the island of Ireland was not partitioned. Attitudes to women, the family, and sexuality had been hugely impacted by the trauma of the Famine and were similar across the island. Gone were the more traditional approaches to family life and sexual mores, over which the churches had had little control.