Women’s lives have changed dramatically over the last fifty years. In the 1970’s a woman couldn’t buy her own home. In both Ireland and the US, she couldn’t get a credit card unless it was co-signed by a man. She had limited access to birth control and, if she was unfortunate enough to find herself accused of a crime, her jury was exclusively male.
In Ireland she had no right to the family home and her husband could sell it without her permission. If she worked for the government, she was forced to retire when she married. And heaven help her if she found herself pregnant and unmarried! Murderers were treated better, and in many cases, served shorter sentences.