Kyla McDowall

Thoughts on The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

A couple of days ago, I finished reading the popular third wave feminist non-fiction book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, and its 368 pages of socio-political commentary, theory and in depth analysis of everything in the female sphere left me with many lasting impressions, ideas and musings that I wanted to compile into a […]

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Don’t Miss This June at GWL!

On 11th May we celebrated the launch of our exciting and jam-packed summer programme, full of new opportunities, workshops, sessions and initiatives. From the various exciting aspects of our new interactive project Women Making an Exhibition of Themselves to the continuation of our ever-popular Story Café and Creative Writing for Fearties workshops that aim to […]

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Triumph for Scottish Heroines Finally Recognised in Hall of Heroes

Stirling’s National Wallace Monument is an imposing place of historical resonance. Within its strong grey walls sits a gallery which features the marble busts of sixteen men from Scottish history, men who have been deemed to have played an extra special role in our nation’s long and esteemed history and rich culture. Recently, however, more […]

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Don’t Miss Our Exciting Story Café Special Featuring Fiona Macintosh!

On Thursday 27th April between 12:30 and 2:30pm, GWL is delighted to be welcoming artist, human rights advocate and writer Fiona Macintosh in a very special Story Café as she shares with us a tale that she has utterly devoted herself to—Rosa of the Wild Grass, the Story of a Nicaraguan Family. It is a […]

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Book Review and Recommendation: Autumn by Ali Smith

In the fraught political times we live in, Scottish writer Ali Smith crafts a poignant story set in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, using this critical juncture in our nation’s history to subtly explore the delicate relationship between nationalism, the self and the complexities of time. It is a deeply moving novel – the first […]

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The Devastating Endemic of Sexism in the Workplace

Shocking – but, unfortunately, perhaps not too surprising – new mental health statistics released by the Scottish Health Survey have shown that young women of the 16-24 age demographic have “significantly lower” levels of mental well-being and societal confidence compared to all other age groups of either gender, but also revealed that mental health conditions […]

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A Taster of Events Springing Into the GWL This March!

As the flowers begin to bloom, the nights begin to lengthen (finally) and we all thaw out, we at the GWL have prepared a jam-packed schedule from workshops to outings and events, exhibitions, awards and, of course, the Story Café. There’s something for everyone available throughout March, so here’s just a small taster of a […]

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Helen Oyeyemi and Boy, Snow, Bird: a Review

Some of my very favourite reads are ones that intricately incorporate rich myth, folklore and fairytale, and Helen Oyeyemi’s novels are nothing if not characterised by her abundant use of all of the above, exploring territories and cultures that such historically mythical possibilities for narratives have become deeply embedded. From the central ghost story of […]

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Don’t Discount the Power of Female Protestors – We’ve Been Successful Before

Over the weekend, global society witnessed something quite spectacular. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th POTUS, people protested, and protested on a huge scale. Indeed, some figures suggest that protests took place in over 20 countries, with as many as one out of every 100 people in America marching to reject […]

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An Exciting January Schedule!

It’s a new year, and with it a new schedule of exciting and inspiring events here at the Women’s Library. January and February are jam-packed with events and workshops, so why not come along and escape from the dreich and the dull outside with a hot cup of tea, nice biscuit and some good company! […]

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