Abstract

My research intends to explore how the members of Cumann na mBan, a women’s nationalist paramilitary organization, navigated the tensions between feminism and nationalism in early 20th century Ireland. In addition, why did the group ultimately choose to initially focus more on nationalist objectives rather than feminine ones? I would also like to focus on how the feminist ideals of some of the Cumann na mBan members fueled their nationalist views and how it shaped the groups’ role in Irish society. How did these feminist beliefs encourage their nationalistic views and vice versa? What did feminists who were not members of Cumann na mBan think about these women who were putting aside their feminist agenda in terms of nationalism? While I think that feminism and nationalism are two separate political movements, each one had to impact members differently, ultimately affecting the groups vision and purpose, as a whole. In addition, I intend to expand my research to involve how their plight is similar to those of other women’s nationalist organizations worldwide, past and present, with the hope of using the unique history of Cumann na mBan as a case study for their movements.

Modified Abstract

My research intends to explore how the members of Cumann na mBan, a women’s nationalist paramilitary organization, navigated the tensions between feminism and nationalism in early 20th century Ireland. I would also like to focus on how the feminist ideals of some of the Cumann na mBan members fueled their nationalist views and how it shaped the groups’ role in Irish society. How did these feminist beliefs encourage their nationalistic views and vice versa? What did feminists who were not members of Cumann na mBan think about these women who were putting aside their feminist agenda in terms of nationalism? In addition, I intend to expand my research to involve how their plight is similar to those of other women’s nationalist organizations worldwide, past and present, with the hope of using the unique history of Cumann na mBan as a case study for their movements.

Research Category

Political Sciences/Philosophy/History

Author Information

Emily NorrisFollow

Primary Author's Major

History

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Matthew Crawford

Mentor #2 Information

Dr. Elizabeth Smith-Pryor

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Arts and Humanities | European History | History | History of Gender | Social History | Women's History

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

Cumann na mBan: Navigating Feminism and Nationalism in Early 20th Century Ireland

My research intends to explore how the members of Cumann na mBan, a women’s nationalist paramilitary organization, navigated the tensions between feminism and nationalism in early 20th century Ireland. In addition, why did the group ultimately choose to initially focus more on nationalist objectives rather than feminine ones? I would also like to focus on how the feminist ideals of some of the Cumann na mBan members fueled their nationalist views and how it shaped the groups’ role in Irish society. How did these feminist beliefs encourage their nationalistic views and vice versa? What did feminists who were not members of Cumann na mBan think about these women who were putting aside their feminist agenda in terms of nationalism? While I think that feminism and nationalism are two separate political movements, each one had to impact members differently, ultimately affecting the groups vision and purpose, as a whole. In addition, I intend to expand my research to involve how their plight is similar to those of other women’s nationalist organizations worldwide, past and present, with the hope of using the unique history of Cumann na mBan as a case study for their movements.