Women's Decision-Making: Common Themes-- Irish Voices

By Nancy W. Veeder | Go to book overview

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Do Only Northern Irish Women Think This Way?

I think that women let their emotions, sometimes, some women, enter into their decisions, where men don't. They'll less apt to consider emotionality in the decisions they're going to make. They'll make it more from a, what shall I say, straightforward way. They don't take into consideration everything. Now, I do think, in many cases, that there are many capable women, very capable, and many are in business--why, I ran my husband's engineering business and I should have continued it.

Gertrude, Age 92, 1990

A crucial issue is whether these Northern Irish women are different (because of culture, history, and current and past political contexts) from other women, particularly in relation to their view of the differences between women and men's decision-making. Prior to implementing this study of one hundred Northern Irish women, I did eleven in-depth taped interviews with women of Irish descent in the Boston area. (These women were either acquaintances or responders to an advertisement on senior citizen bulletin boards in Councils on Aging.) All but two were over the age of seventy, placing them predominantly in the Older group. The only question of interest from these interviews for comparison purposes was "What do you think are the major differences between how women and men make decisions in life?"

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