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Trends in the careers of Irish women doctors: emigration, marriage and the First World War

Laura Kelly

in Irish Women in Medicine, c. 1880s-1920s

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780719088353
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719088353.003.0007
Trends in the careers of Irish women doctors: emigration, marriage and the First World War

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This chapter examines the themes of emigration and marriage and how these affected the careers of Irish women medical graduates. Following this, the chapter investigates whether the First World War resulted in a change of opportunities for Irish women in medicine. Historiographically, the war is seen as a turning point in history, in that it inaugurated significant life and career changes for women. The war does not appear to have resulted in extra vacancies and career opportunities for women doctors. Rather, it appears that women graduating after the war had a far more difficult task than their predecessors in trying to find employment.

Keywords: World War One; First World War; Emigration; Marriage; Women doctors

Chapter.  9131 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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