In 1970s Ireland, women were still legally obliged to give up their jobs on marriage and accept lower rates of pay for doing the same work as men if they worked in the public service. They had to cross the border and break the law if they wanted to buy contraception. Much has changed for women since then. In 1991 Marian Finucane described such things as "Neanderthal now" in an International Women's Day special on 'The Late Late Show'. But how much has really changed?
RTÉ Archives looks at some of the experiences of women in Irish society, from the housewives who washed their husbands' socks by hand in 1960s Dublin to the era of Ireland's first female president Mary Robinson in the 1990s. RTÉ News cameras were there to film the Irish Women's Liberation Movement in 1971, when they took the contraceptive train to Belfast and defied Dublin customs by illegally bringing their contraceptives past the barrier at Connolly Station in a landmark moment in the Irish women's movement. RTÉ Radio set out to give women a voice in 1979 with the ground-breaking progamme 'Women Today' and many housewives sought an outlet for their troubles through letters to 'The Gay Byrne Show'.
When women were finally allowed to compete inside the boxing ring at the Olympic Games in London 2012, the gold female lightweight medal was won by Irish boxer Katie Taylor. She and her father Peter Taylor told 'Miriam Meets' in 2010 that as a child in modern Ireland, Katie had to pretend to be a boy to get into competitions.
The accompanying image is from a RTÉ Guide photo shoot promoting 'Women Today' in 1979. © RTÉ Archives 2553/080
Dfferent rates of pay for men and women and marriage bar for women in employment terms and conditions.
Following a letter of objection to an evening newspaper in 1964, 'Newsbeat' asks women if they wash the socks in their house.
The treatment of unmarried mothers in Ireland in 1968.
A 1968 report on the changing nature of Irish industry and the place of women in the workforce.
Mary from Mayo writes to the 'Gay Byrne Show' about life with an alcoholic husband. She appeals to his listeners for help.
A 'Wednesday Report' looking at the status of women in Ireland in 1970.
Members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement travel to Belfast in 1971 to buy contraceptives.
On International Women's Day in 1991, Nell McCafferty and Marian Finucane remember the condom train and the time Gay Byrne gave his 'Late Late Show' seat to Marian.
Reaction in 1973 to the publication of a report by the first Commission on the Status of Women in Ireland.
Women invade a swimming point traditionally for men only.
Groundbreaking radio programme 'Women Today' takes a look at the work of the newly-opened Rape Crisis Centre in 1979.
Ladies' Gaelic football before they were allowed into Croke Park.
On International Women's Day 1991, Marian Finucane reflects on progress in women's rights over the last 20 years.
Thousands protest over refusal to allow 14-year-old rape victim to travel abroad for an abortion.
Ireland's first female president, Mary Robinson, talks about what her presidency has meant for women.
Katie Taylor and her father Peter Taylor on how they had to work around opposition to women's boxing by pretending she was a boy.