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Do you think that younger women have anything to learn from women of your generation, can they learn things from the way you lived your life or the things that you learnt?

I don’t know to be honest with you, I really don’t

Do you see many differences between…

I do see a lot of differences in the younger women, I think they’re far more independent, they’re not subjected to their husbands at all...which the older women were, most…a lot of them, you know, I wasn’t because I didn’t have a husband there, you know, not all the time. But know I always remember my mother talking to her insurance man, he came around, and I had a brother-in-law he used to change nappies and everything, now my husband never did anything like that...but my mother said to this insurance man “I think the men today are great, when you see them changing nappies and everything for the children” and he said to her “it’s the women that changed us, we’re not great, women changed the men” you know…which I didn’t expect, the way the older men were, I mean in all honesty my husband used to come in and he used to drink, he used to just come home after been away at sea, he’d put on his coat and he’d say “I’m off down now for a drink” there wasn’t a word about me that I’d been minding them all through the months and all…them days are gone and I am very glad that they are you know?


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Wisdom and Experience, Gendered experiences

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"Eileen McCann reflects that things (and men!) have improved." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #309 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:43 pm)