Intersectional solidarity? The Armagh women, the British left and women’s liberation

Brodie Nugent, Evan Smith

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Abstract

In 1980, three Republican women prisoners held in Armagh prison in Northern Ireland joined the hunger strike being conducted by male Republican prisoners in Maze Prison. Overshadowed by the fatal 1981 strike, the 1980 strike involved these women in Armagh, who challenged the traditional nationalist notion of the strong male warrior, while generating sympathy and solidarity across the globe, including with the far left and the women’s liberation movement in Britain. This article will look at how the left and the women’s liberation movement in both Britain and Ireland looked to portray these women within their competing narratives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-635
Number of pages25
JournalContemporary British History
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Armagh prison
  • far left
  • Hunger strike
  • Republicanism
  • women’s liberation

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