Placements and Volunteers Blog

Forgotten Scottish Authors

Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen are two highly celebrated authors. But what about Scottish women who were also writing at the same time as these revered figures? This blog introduces four Scottish women who were well known in their day but now are largely forgotten.

Connecting with Kurdish women

A few months ago a former volunteer, Jenni, contacted us to let us know about a group of women setting up a women’s library in the Kurdish region of Iraq where she had spent some time volunteering. Would we like to make a connection? Of course, we did!

Collecting voices in The Time of Coronavirus.

Over the last few months Gender studies placement student Louise Sidey has been collecting oral accounts from some of the staff and volunteers at GWL as part of the exhibit, Collecting in The Time of Corona Virus. I set out to record an oral history of staff and volunteers at the women’s library because collecting […]

The Witch, the Raven, and the Festival

Isabel Greenberg’s Art Celebrates the Forgotten Women of Shetland History You could be mistaken for thinking the Up Helly Aa festival was all sunshine and rainbows because I suppose to an outside spectator who only knows that it’s one of the Shetland Isles biggest annual festivals it does look spectacular. I was also once this […]

Finding Jessie

Jessie Stephen (1893-1979) was a twentieth-century British suffragette, labour activist and local councillor, who spent much of her life in Glasgow.

#MeToo: An Interview With Professor Karen Boyle

In the summer of 2020 I wrote some blog posts for GWL based on my undergraduate dissertation on the #MeToo movement (you can read my first blog post here). Fast forward to 2021 and I am almost half way through my Masters degree in Applied Gender Studies and Research Methods at the university of Strathclyde. […]

Themes of Isolation in our collection

Emilie, who was on placement with us last Spring, highlights how a selection of books she borrowed at the start of lockdown each look at different aspects of isolation.

The #MeToo Movement: Intersectionality

This is my final blog post for the Glasgow Women’s Library on the #MeToo Movement. My last posts have focused specifically on findings from my dissertation research which looked at the opinions and attitudes men and women have towards the #MeToo movement. However, this blog post is not based on my dissertation research as intersectionality […]

Spanish writers and reflections from Laura

Just before we went into lockdown in March, we were lucky enough to have Laura, a Spanish researcher, on placement from Spain.  During her time with us, she introduced us to some wonderful Spanish writers at our weekly Story Cafe (and treated us to some delicious Spanish snacks too!). Laura’s been kind enough to share […]

The #MeToo Movement: Where Now?

Now that the #MeToo movement has increased awareness of gender inequality and the overall sexual objectification of women, where do we go from here?