A Guarded Life and Feminism Backwards: Fighting sex-based discrimination in Ireland

Book review: Majella Moynihan and Rosita Sweetman unfold struggle for female liberation

Two recently published books make this a felicitous time to examine the history of sex-based discrimination and the struggle for women’s liberation in Ireland.

Majella Moynihan’s life story, as told in A Guarded Life, is a sobering read. Moynihan and her four older sisters were raised in a Mallow orphanage following the death of their mother and the disappearance of their father to England.

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