Immigrant Women: Nowhere at Home & Women’s Place in the History of the Irish Diaspora (Reading Blog #8)

Donna Gabaccia’s Immigrant Women: Nowhere at Home explores the comparison between the studies of women to the studies of immigrant women, with both playing a major role in world history. She states that both sides require an important look at the history of families (or in Ireland’s case, clans) and the roles that women play in family life. Gabaccia argues that immigrant women had more positive experiences in family life. This is due to the fact that families in the 1970’s were “female-centric”, which gave them a feeling of authority. Women’s Place in the History of the Irish Diaspora by Janet Nolan dives deeper into the subject of immigrant women in America and describes their impact on society. She states that t Irish women not only were as numerous as the men but that they outnumbered them in some regions and cities. she also mentions that while most Irish immigrant women were domestic servants and textile workers, some, like Irish Catholic nuns, were educators,  and that they were credited with establishing Catholic education in the American mid-west.

In conclusion, I think both of these readings are very informative, albeit very short in length.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *