Marriage & Employment


“It [the post] will also be terminated automatically by your marriage although you may apply for an appointment to the Temporary Staff from the date of your marriage”


This offer of employment letter has been kindly supplied by Geraldine Lawler, and it features in the ‘Wives outside the Home’ section of the exhibition. In Ireland, a marriage bar meant that all women working in the Civil Service were required to leave their position upon marriage. Though no such legislation existed in relation to the private sector, it was tradition for most women working in that sector to also leave their employment. The bar was eventually lifted in 1973.