Biography, Politics, Women's History

Elizabeth Smith – No Ivory Tower

Elizabeth Smith is a splendid example of the way that learning could provide a challenge and an outlet to women whose daily lives were by modern standards terribly cramped … She is also an example of the women’s tradition: though she died before she was thirty, she was remembered for years, with admiration, by other women who were trying to think or write. She shows too, less pleasingly, how reactionary cultural forces would join ranks against a woman stepping out of line, even when she did so in her mind rather than her behaviour.


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Politics, Source, Women's History

On Woman

This poem was published in the Ennis Chronicle and Clare Advertiser on the 25th October 1809 and reflects nineteenth century humour. Happy a man may pass his life, If freed from matrimonial chains, If he’s diverted by a wife, He’s…

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