Thursday 19 April 2018

I believe in women's liberation - not in some unattainable notion of equality

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

As a young woman, I was an ardent feminist, and became a founding member of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement.

Note the name: the women's 'liberation' movement. Not the women's 'equality' movement. It was liberation we sought in the 1970s. That means freedom. Emancipation. Breaking the chains and social fetters which many young women felt as restrictions on their liberty and their ambitions.

Liberty to serve on a jury; to take out a mortgage; to open a bank or credit account without the endorsement of a man; to have a job as a married woman; to be able to use contraception in defiance of the archaic 1935 law banning the importation of birth control artefacts (although contrary to myth, the Pill was never prohibited).

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