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Guest blog: Kirsty Mcgrory ‘The Subversive Fantasy of Isobel Gowdie’

In this guest post Kirsty McGrory analyses the testimony of Isobel Gowdie, who was put on trail in 1660 in Scotland for witchcraft. She argues that Gowdie’s testimony was a calculated and empowering feminist counter-narrative for an utterly disenfranchised existence. Denied power in the material world, Gowdie created an empowered and subversive identity for herself in the imaginative realm.  This article …

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Listening to Women’s Voices: Dundee Women’s Festival 16 March 2019

It was a snowy, windy Spring day, but we made it to Dundee for our Oral History Workshop on Saturday 16th  March as part of the Dundee Women’s Festival. A good number of hardy souls braved the weather to join us on the HMS Unicorn where we set up in in the beautiful Captain’s Room. The voices …

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Guest blog: Bernadette Cahill ‘After the Suffrage Victory: A Forgotten Suffragist from Clydebank’

We are delighted to have this guest blog from Bernadette Cahill about her mother Margaret McCann, a working-class campaigner for women’s equality from Clydebank:    “There are two million surplus women. How can these women have homes if the only home a woman is supposed to have is her husband’s and there are two million …

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Opening the Door to Westminster: Remembering Eunice Guthrie Murray, Scotland’s First Female Parliamentary Candidate

One hundred years ago today, some women in Scotland went to the polling stations for the first time to have their say in the parliamentary elections. Throughout 2018, across Scotland we have been celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) came into being. As we should all know by now, this …

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Sue Innes Memorial Lecture 2018 – Prof Sarah Pedersen

On Saturday 29th September 2018, we held our 11th annual Sue Innes Memorial Lecture at Abertay University, Dundee. This has been an exciting year for women’s history with so many events celebrating and commemorating one hundred years since women over 30 years of age gained the right to vote. We were delighted to have as our speaker Professor Sarah …

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Kate Mathis: Bursary Winner Report – Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival

Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival: The case of Deirdre in the work of Alice C. Macdonell Written, with gratitude, for receipt of a Women’s History Scotland Bursary 2018, which enabled presentation of the following research at the Sixth International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI The period …

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Malicious Mischief? – Scottish Suffragettes exhibition at National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh

For all of you interested in learning even more about the campaign for women’s suffrage in Scotland there is currently an exhibition on at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh entitled Malicious Mischief? – Scottish Suffragettes exhibition. It opened on the 1st of August and will end on the 31st of August. Catch it while you …

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1911 Census Protest in Scotland – Request for information

Earlier this year Women’s History Scotland published ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland 1967-1928: A Learning Resource’, in which we discussed both the campaigns of suffragist and suffragettes demanding the vote for women on the same terms as men. Ruth Boreham is currently undertaking research into the protests made by women in Scotland in refusing …

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Caroline Douglas: Bursary Winner Report – ‘Wipe ma haunds’

 “to wipe ma haunds” – and she made a graceful gesture over her shoulder with a fine pair, full in the palm and slender in the fingers – perfect pictures. ELIZABETH RIGBY MEETING ‘FISHWIFE’ JEANIE WILSON In 1843, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson formed one of the world’s first photographic studios, ‘Rock House’, in …

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Out Gallivanting: Women’s Memorials Health Walk, 14 June 2018

As part of the Golden Games programme to encourage exercise by the over 65s, Sport Aberdeen organised a Memorials to Women Walk on 14 June.  The route was planned by walk leader Fiona Rennie.  I was asked to join to the walk to talk about the memorials, which all feature on our project Mapping Memorials …

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