As the UK-wide lockdown began on 23rd March, the Glasgow Women’s Library team was already working from home. Amazingly, our museum and archive collections continued to grow. Throughout lockdown, thoughtful first-time donors and long-time champions got in touch. All were keen to preserve part of their personal histories at this momentous time.
The GWL collections feature a wide variety of books and objects relating to the Suffrage movement but our range of postcards is arguably the most visually arresting. Both for and against women’s suffrage, they have pictures and slogans that are often shocking and grotesque.
Explore the life of Agnes Owens through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.
Explore the life of Janet Paisley through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.
Explore the life of Naomi Mitchison through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.
By speaking out, we expose inequalities and increase mutual understanding to fight discrimination and stigma. The majority of the objects are by activists which articulate the multiple inequalities that women face.
Women consistently report negative experiences of the health care system. Poor services, or a lack of services at all, are the result of the benevolent moral and political policing, and medicalisation of women’s bodies.
Women are presented with images and objects which reflect society’s expectations of our behaviour.
Women’s creative practice is treated entirely differently to men’s.
Inequality is experienced through a lack of: inclusion in the political process representation access to healthcare control over reproduction equal treatment in the criminal justice system