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

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Decision-Making for Oneself and One's Family

I admire the way things have changed so much from when I was young. People, especially women, have got such an important part to have in the world, or to take their own part in the world, whereas in my day that wasn't their right, especially not among the women in the working class.

Bridget, Age 71, 1990

In general Irish women, I suppose, have to take the major decisions because sometimes the men don't bother too much; they don't want responsibilities. It's left to the women. It's actually the woman who is left to think things out and with the responsibility for major decisions. In my family that has been the case and I often find it to be the case in other families as well.

Sarah, Age 48, 1990

My mother told me where to go and what to do and where to work and I just didn't know how to stand on my own two feet. I never rebelled. My children definitely rebel more. My children make their own decisions. They may ask for advice and they listen to it. If they don't they'll carry on and make their own decisions anyway, which they have done for a number of years. I'm glad about that; I tried to bring them up as independent from a very early age because I wasn't.

Ruth, Age 46, 1990

I never really thought much about making decisions. People go through their lives and pretty much take things as they come. I suppose

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