A Commission on the Status of Women in Ireland was established by the government in March 1970, with Dr Thekla Beere as chair, to examine and report on the status of women in Irish society, to make recommendations on the steps necessary to ensure the participation of women on equal terms and conditions with men in the political, social, cultural and economic life of the country and to indicate the implications generally, including the estimated cost, of such recommendations. The Commission provided two reports to Government. The first, submitted in August 1971 to the Minister for Finance, focused on the matter of equal pay. The second report was submitted in December 1972 and published in 1973. In all, the Commission made 49 recommendations and suggestions for action.