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Mondays at Gaj's: The Story of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement

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Mondays at Gaj's: The Story of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement

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Once the women's movement started it was like wildfire because we were onto something that needed to be done. Mary Maher


In the short space of a year, between the autumn of 1970 and the summer of 1971, Irelands first radical womens rights organisation, the Irish Women's Liberation Movement, lit the fires of a revolution that transformed Irish womens lives irrevocably. Mondays at Gajs traces the lives of the fascinating group of women who founded the Irish Womens Liberation Movement. Gaj's was the Baggot Street restaurant where the IWLM met every Monday night.

When the group formed in 1970, the marriage bar was in place, contraception was illegal and womens issues were just beginning to be debated publicly. The women who formed the IWLM, including Mirn de Burca, Mary Maher, Nell McCafferty, Moira Woods, Mirn Johnston and Mary Kenny, to name but a few, were some of the most dynamic, controversial and exciting public figures of their time. They were able to grab the publics attention as no women ever had because they were fearless and charismatic, and their achievements have entered the annals of modern Irish history: their charter of demands, Chains or Change; their legendary appearance on The Late Late Show; and the Contraceptive Train to Belfast, which was the first public challenge to the ban on contraceptives. By summer 1971, the IWLM had disintegrated, but its impact on women in Ireland cannot be underestimated.

What sets Mondays at Gaj's apart from other histories of the womens rights movement is that it is based on a series of personal interviews with the activists themselves, allowing the IWLM founders to tell their own stories in their own words. Mondays at Gajs paints a fascinating portrait of an exciting period in Irelands cultural history.

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Additional Information

Author Stopper, Anne
Editor No
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-904148-94-8
ISBN-13 n/a
Illustrations No
Date of Publication October 2006
Number of Pages 254

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