Ireland's Constitution Says a Woman's Place is in the Home

  • by: Lauren L
  • recipient: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

An archaic section of Ireland's constitution which says that a woman's place is in the home, should be removed or amended with gender neutral language.

Referred to as the "women in the home" clause, it states that Ireland "recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The state shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home."

Irish women are fighting too hard for equality for them to be constitutionally considered second-class citizens. 

Thankfully, the clause does not have any legal implications in modern Ireland, but it is still a reminder of how far Ireland has left to go in the fight for gender equality.

This clause may be only a symbol, but it is one of oppression, and it needs to go. 

If you want the "woman in the home" clause removed from the Irish constitution, sign this petition today.

Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull

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