Irish Country Living / Farmers Journal

Maria Moynihan interviewed Modern Wife curator Ciara Meehan for the Irish Country Living supplement of the Farmers Journal.

From beauty tips to the birth of feminism, the lives of Irish women in the ’60s is the subject of “Modern Wife, Modern Life” at the National Print Museum.

When Dr Ciara Meehan was looking at a copy of Woman’s Choice magazine from the 1960s, she came across a reader quiz called: Are you an ideal wife?

“Question one asks: ‘List in order of importance the following: home, husband, career and children,’” says Ciara.

“And, according to the answers, your priorities should be husband first, then children, then the home and, of course, career at the end.”

This quiz is just one of the items on display at Modern Wife, Modern Life, which runs at the National Print Museum of Ireland in Dublin from 1 July to 30 August. It is an exhibit curated by Ciara which aims to explore the lives of Irish women in the 1960s as seen through the pages of the magazines of that era.

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