Clydeside Women’s Heritage Bike Ride Launch

One of our cycling volunteers shares here what to expect from the Clydeside Women’s Heritage Bike Ride: The launch of a cycle route in Glasgow commemorating the history and achievements of women who have, at some point, had a connection with the city, took place recently with a dedicated bike tour, with members of the Glasgow-based […]

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Spotlight on: Women in Parliment 1919 – 2014

With David Cameron’s recent cabinet reshuffle weighing on my mind, I decided to take a browse through the GWL Archives to discover more about our first female figures in parliament. There is no doubt these were inspiring women; the words ‘courageous’, ‘out-spoken’ and ‘quick-witted’ seem to follow them in the archives Suffragette literature.

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My Two Week Placement

I was really nervous to begin with, because I’ve never done anything like this before, but it only took a couple of days (and many, many cups of tea!) for me to settle in.

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Top 10 Books for Teenage Girls

This is a list of Young Adult novels with positive female role models and messages for teenage girls. Hopefully you haven’t already read all of these – I deliberately chose books that some people might overlook. The ones marked with a * are available for loan (and we would love any donations of the others!) […]

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Ethel MacDonald: Glasgow woman in the Spanish Civil War

To mark the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, I’m putting a spotlight on one of the many Scottish women who showed support and travelled to Spain in 1936. Ethel MacDonald was born in Motherwell in 1909 and was active in left-wing politics by the time she was sixteen. In 1931 she […]

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Seeing Things: GOMA Generation Exhibition

Generation is a series of exhibitions of 25 years of Scottish contemporary art. The exhibitions are being shown across Scotland between March and November 2014, and we went to see the ones being displayed at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art as part of the Seeing Things project.

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Top 10 Books for Girls

This is a list of books which have good role models and messages for girls. The age ratings are really just a guide to show whether the books are for younger or older children and I’ve included a short summary of each. Happy reading!

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The Monthly Zinester #1 – What’s a zine anyway?

Every month, our volunteer Ari Silvera tells us about the world of underground publishing, from the Library’s zine archive, to interviewing active zine makers and beyond! Hello and welcome to the very first Monthly Zinester column! I’m Ari Silvera, and I have been passionate about zines for the better part of a decade now, and […]

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21 Revolutions, an Orkney poet and a road trip – Harpies Fechters and Quines 2014

Women in the arts was the theme for this years Harpies Fechters and Quines festival in Edinburgh which ran from 9-21st June. Within that theme we had a wide range of activities, talks and workshops, from zine making and creative writing to fabulous exhibitions and fascinating talks.

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Peace Lady (Badges of Honour characters)

Badges of Honour Characters

As part of GWL’s Heritage Lottery funded Badges of Honour, library volunteer and artist Eilidh has created a series of characters using the mannequins and clothing displayed in the Badges of Honour exhibition as inspiration

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