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

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Women Influencing Men's Decisions

Women always influence men, always. Women always have made the decisions for men--90 percent anyhow! The women were stronger than the men, stronger minded, stronger willed and I think more intelligent than most of the men. I do believe this even if men had more education. Rural Irish women in my day were mainstays in the family; always; always the women that made the decisions (the women around me, and even in town and outlying districts); always and always!

Maureen, Age 71, 1990

Yes, you do influence the decisions of male family members. You do it unconsciously. I would suggest to my husband that we do certain things for my daughter. Women influence men a lot and men are not even aware it's the women's decision--they think it's their own! It's hard to put your fingers on it. If you give your reasons you can quietly win. If you're too obvious you don't get anywhere--they'll just decide they are having it their way and that's that!

Patsy, Age 50, 1990

Women influence men in most decisions. Men turn to women for advice much more than women turn to men for advice. Women are more manipulative in a subtle way.

Camilla, Age 24, 1990

The three age groups agree that in the vast majority of cases women do have a significant influence on men's decisions. They are in agreement,

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