In 1981 IT Magazine (formerly Irish Tatler), commissioned a survey on the subject of what women from Northern Ireland think of life south of the border. The survey of 447 women was carried out by Ulster Marketing Surveys Limited.

The survey covered an array of subjects including Church-State influence, divorce, contraception and education. The results highlight a number of misconceptions about life in the South.

Noelle Campbell-Sharp editor of IT talks outlines some of the key findings. 

  • 51% of those surveyed felt that the church had more influence over government decisions in the South. 
  • 17% of respondents knew that it was not possible to get a divorce in the South. 
  • 65% of respondents believed it was possible for women to secure a divorce in the South. 
  • 18% of those surveyed believed it was impossible to obtain contraception in the South. 
  • One in three respondents believe that women in the South do not receive as good an education as that provided in the North. 

An RTÉ News report by Conall O Móráin introduced by Leo Enright and broadcast on 26 August 1981.

The accompanying photo shows the all female panel and audience on the programme 'Women Today' in 1981. The panel includes politicians Gemma Hussey and Mary Robinson