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In this extract Betty Watson expresses regret at having been forced to leave school at 14. She reflects on her life as a wife, a mother and a housekeeper and acknowledges the lack of educational opportunities open to her as a younger woman which denied her the chance to see her life differently. She poignantly remarks "I could have been what I am now".

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Sound

Transcription

And do you think then, well I suppose you’ve gone back to education, so you have developed skills and characteristics in your later life that you didn’t have when you were younger.

I always felt that like I was missing something, cause, I didn’t want to leave school I was taken out and put into the job, and I felt, academically….I was always good at saving…I reared 6 children on a shoe string as the saying goes, but I felt, I always felt, years ago, I…and that’s what I really feel... years ago I could have been what I am now, or what I’ve been for the past 10 and 20 years, but I didn’t see myself with that, you know? I just seen myself in a mother role… wife, a mother and housekeeper, that was my role then, and I didn’t see beyond that, and that’s, I think, there’s more opportunities now for younger women

Duration

20:54.9 - 21:51.2

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Subject

Dublin City Life, Work and Family, Family

Provenance

11.30.2007

Date Added

05.07.2009

Citation

"Betty Watson expresses regret at having to leave school at 14. She reflects on the deprivation of education in her early life.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #128 (accessed November 22 2017, 11:17 am)