"The Forty Foot is for Women Too"

EXHIBITION : WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY

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Women invade a swimming point traditionally for men only.

  • Title
    Women Invade Male Bathing Resort
  • 1st Broadcast
    20/07/1974
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:45
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    "The Forty Foot is for Women Too"
  • Extended description

    In 1974 a group of protesting women invaded the Forty Foot, a swimming point traditionally for men only at Sandycove in Dublin.

    This RTÉ News report shows the Dublin City Women's Invasionary Force swimming in the water and protesting on the shore with placards. Slogans include "The Forty Foot is for women too".

    An angry male swimmer tells the RTÉ crew to leave the area and says "there was a time when no self-respecting women would be in here anyway." Another man points out that they don't rush into Dun Laoghaire golf club and say it should be open to everybody.

    Women have swum at the Forty Foot ever since this protest.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report. It was first broadcast on 20 July 1974.

  • Local keywords
    Women, Protests, Equality, Swimming, Sandycove, Dublin
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    N201/0074D
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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