Lesley starting her lecture © E. McCrae
On Thursday night (19 October) we were very lucky to have Lesley Orr giving this year’s Sue Innes Memorial Lecture entitled –‘“To Build the New Jerusalem” Women’s claims to equal citizenship in Scottish church and nation, c.1918 – 1945′. The lecture was co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues at New College, University of Edinburgh.
Lesley was a close friend of Sue’s as were many in attendance. Sue’s work as an activist, journalist and historian continues to inspire historians of women and gender in Scotland and it was fascinating to see the influence that Sue’s work on citizenship and feminism has had on Lesley’s own research on women’s demands for equality in the ministry of the church in the interwar years and beyond.
Sue’s work on the Edinburgh Women’s Citizenship Association has been particularly influential on my own work on women’s organisations and interwar feminism in Scotland. However, I hadn’t really considered the role that the church had played in the lives of so many of the leaders of feminist organisations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, even thought I was obviously aware of the links between church women’s guilds and the women’s citizens associations. I had completely taken it for granted that women who were influential in the overtly feminist and largely middle-class women’s organisations in urban Scotland would be ‘respectable’ church-going women, but hadn’t thought of how their Christianity shaped their feminism. Lesley certainly has given me a lot to think about!
I particularly enjoyed learning more about Euphemia Somerville, Eunice Murray and especially Vera Kenmure (Findlay) who became the first official female minister in Partick in 1928 and later established her own church as well as being a figure head in Glasgow for women’s equality.
(There are entries on each in The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women if you’d like to find out more)
Don’t worry if you missed Lesley’s lecture you can catch up on Soundcloud by clicking on the following:
Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)
‘“To Build the New Jerusalem” Women’s claims to equal citizenship in Scottish church and nation, c.1918 – 1945′
Dr Lesley Orr
Thursday 19 October 2017, 5.30pm,
Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh
Sue Innes was an inspiring and influential historian, journalist and feminist activist. She was among the founding members of Women’s History Scotland (then known as Scottish Women’s History Network), and was co-editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, which is dedicated to her. Sue died in 2005, and the annual Sue Innes Memorial Lecture serves to celebrate her life, including her commitment to encouraging women’s and gender history – in and of Scotland.
This year’s speaker is Dr Lesley Orr (University of Edinburgh). In common with others who have been invited to give the lecture, she knew Sue personally. Her lecture, entitled ‘“To Build the New Jerusalem” Women’s claims to equal citizenship in Scottish church and nation, c.1918 – 1945′ takes a central theme of Sue’s own doctoral thesis – the meaning of citizenship to newly enfranchised women in Scotland – as its starting point.
This year’s Sue Innes Memorial Lecture is co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology and Public Issues. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Rainy Hall, New College.
All welcome – attendance is free, but registration is required.
Register via eventbrite
WOMEN’S HISTORY SCOTLAND
2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2012
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
‘WOMEN AND WELLBEING’
This year’s annual conference will explore the historical connections between women and ‘wellbeing’.
Keynote speaker and Sue Innes Memorial Lecturer: Viviene Cree, Professor of Social Work Studies, University of Edinburgh
The conference will explore women’s roles as carers and practitioners but also as patients or subjects of intervention. Has women’s historical association with caring and nurturing roles served to restrict or empower them? To what extent has women’s ‘hidden’ labour advanced the ‘wellbeing’ of past societies? In what ways have the gendered dynamics of health and wellbeing shifted across time? How might we analyse the relationship between carers/practitioners and their patients/clients? The conference will also examine the contributions that women’s and gender history can make to current debates concerning social policy, health and welfare; we particularly welcome papers in this area.
For further information contact Louise Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Full programme and booking details are available to download below.
Download: WHS 2012 Conference Programme
Download: WHS 2012 Conference – Registration Form