It is a curious thing that many men seem to be unable to believe that any woman can embrace an ideal – accept it intellectually, feel it as a profound emotion, and then calmly decide to make a vocation of working for its realisation. They give themselves endless pains to prove that every serious thing a woman does (outside nursing babies or washing pots) is the result of being in love with some man, or disappointed in love of some man, or looking for excitement, or limelight, or indulging their vanity.
Irish feminist and Republican Helena Moloney, imprisoned for her part in the Easter Rising. As the LRB blog relates, while the male leaders were executed, the British military governor considered the women were only ‘silly girls’.
* to be read in conjunction with our previous post Women.