Daring Damsels, Women Who Fought For Ireland

The Women Who Changed History in Ireland

The women of Ireland are the most self-convinced, adaptable, determined and brave people on God’s green earth and their history proves it. Though they did not have yet the right to vote or hold political office, women who lived in and around Dublin invented their own political groups and there was no stopping their enthusiasm or how they would change Ireland. To learn who ten of the strongest and bravest women of 1916 were  Subscribe and get a FREE Report.  Ten Irish Heroines of 1916, The Women of the Rising.Cumann na mBan

In 1913, Cumann na mBan (translated as Women’s League)  was a strictly female organization meant to be a compliment to the Irish Volunteers.

The purpose of Cumann na mBan was to advance Irish Liberty through the use of force by arms against the crowned forces if need be.

Rising PhotoThey were stationed all throughout Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rebellion along with the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Volunteers.

Winifred Carney showed up to the General Post Office with a revolver and a typewriter!

Physical fighting was not always what was needed in Ireland  In 1882 The Ladies Land League was created when it was thought the government of Ireland planned to arrest the men of the Land League. Over 3000 cases of relief were given to evicted tenants in the form of food, housing ,and legal fees.

EvictionTwo years before the 1913  Lockout in Dublin, the Irish Women’s Workers Union was formed in Ireland.

womens trade unionThey played a large part in the 1913 Lockout When the manager of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory in Dublin insisted three women remove their Union badges,  it lead to over 1,1000 women losing their jobs. These women were further supported by the men. Also a soup kitchen was begun in Liberty Hall started by Constance Markievicz, and others.

In 1874, the Dublin Women’s Suffragist  Association worked toward the rights of women and children all over Ireland.  It changed its name slightly over time, when women were allowed to be Poor Law Guardians, advocating for widows and children, healthcare l and safe housing, giving the Poor of Ireland hope where previously there was none.


Combined with the power of the written word, many of these organizations were in effect during a time of tremendous turmoil in Ireland, specifically Dublin, giving women a decisive power to affect political change in Ireland forever.

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5 thoughts on “Daring Damsels, Women Who Fought For Ireland

  1. Hi Brighid – Thanks for all the research that went in to writing this post, and for underscoring the bravery of Irish women who have gone before us.

  2. Hi Brighid,
    What a great piece of history looking forward to reading it all,
    Heard you were coming to Ireland from a good friend of mine,
    Best Regards Noel.

    • Yes, I am visiting in July for 3 weeks. One of the highlights of my journey will be visiting Lissadell House in Sligo for more research on the Gore-Booth family for an upcoming novel and of course more blog posts all centered before and during The Easter Rising of 1916. Btw, who is our mutual friend if I may ask?
      Warmly, Brighid

  3. Dear Brighid,
    Thank you for this very informative article. The women of Ireland have always been brave. Just look at the women during the troubles who banged garbage can lids to warn the men the Brits were coming. Also the brave Irish woman who was shot in the back along with two other brave Irish lads near the Rock of Gibraltar in the town that should still be Spanish. They were shot and killed by the Brits. God Bless the women of Ireland.

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