Immigrant Women

Immigrant Women

In Women’s Place in History of the Irish Diaspora Janet Nolan and Immigrant Women: Nowhere at Home by Donna Gabaccia discusses the importance of studying Women’s history. Nolan claims that gender is now increasingly becoming a factor in assessing how we think about Irish history at home and abroad. She writes about how women expanded the ‘bread and depth’ of the institutional Irish church at home and abroad, and refers to Patricia Kelleher in her essay whose works show how Irish women expanded the wealth of the family and community in 19th century Chicago. (78) Gabaccia’s essay explores why studies of immigrant women are undertaken in different disciplines such as sociology, history, and literature. She also mentions how family is almost inseparable from women’s studies because the kin net work is often described as women centered. Maybe to accurately ‘study’ women, we need to study the family first and work outwards from there.

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