Black History Month at GWL

  It’s Black History Month and here at the GWL we’ve got a display celebrating a range of writing by black women. You can enjoy the beautiful words of the late Maya Angelou, or some of the less well-known (but no less brilliant) literary works of Alice Walker. There are also powerful feminist discussions, such as Ain’t […]

Women in World War One

There is plenty around at the moment to mark the First World War Centenary and here at the Glasgow Women’s Library we’ve put up a display highlighting the achievements and varied roles of women during this key period in Britain’s history. Elsie Inglis (1864-1917) was a Scottish doctor and a suffragist. She set up the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for […]

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 […]