Category: scotland

Men getting abused is no laughing matter. It’s not okay. Feminists don’t physically assault men.

Louisa Stevenson (1835-1908) was a suffragist and women’s rights activist from
Scotland. She was particularly active in the campaign for female education.

She was a member of the Edinburgh Ladies’
Educational Association, and was part of the efforts which led to Scottish universities
being open to female students in 1892. She was one of the first women to ever
serve on a hospital board, and helped manage the Jubilee Nurses Institute and
the Colonial Nursing Organisation.

Kim Little (b.
1990) is a Scottish football player, playing for Arsenal L.F.C. and for
Scotland’s national team.

She made her professional debut at age 16,
as part of the Edinburgh team Hibernians L.F.C., and became part of the
national team the same year. She was named Women’s Player of the Year by the
Football Association in 2010, as well as BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in
2016.

Ailsa
Mckay
(1963-2014) was a Scottish feminist economist.
She is remembered for her research on gender inequality and the welfare state,
as well as for being a proponent for the concept of basic income.

She was an economics professor at Glasgow
Caledonian University, and later became Vice Dean of the Glasgow School for
Business and Society. She was a leading authority on gender budget analysis, a
founding member of the European Gender Budget Network and the chairperson of
the European chapter of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Williamina
Fleming
(1857-1911) was a Scottish astronomer. She
catalogued thousand of stars and other phenomena throughout her career, and
discovered the Horsehead Nebula in 1888.

She started out as the maid of Edward Charles
Pickering, the director of the Harvard College Observatory; soon, he recognised
her talent and intelligence, and hired her to do administrative work. She
eventually founded and coordinated the Harvard Computers, an all-female group
of human computers working for the observatory. She discovered the first white
dwarf star, over 300 variable stars and 10 novae, among others.

Evelyn Irons (1900-2000) was a
Scottish journalist who acted as a war correspondent during World War II. She
was the first woman to be decorated with the French Croix de Guerre for this
service.

She was initially hired with the beauty
page of the Daily Mail, but chose to
report on the war as soon as it broke out. Despite objections regarding the
presence of female reporters on the battlefield, she was one of the first
journalists to reach liberated Paris, and the first female journalist to reach
Hitler’s Eagle Nest. In 1935, she became the first woman to be awarded the
Stanhope Gold Medal by the Royal Humane Society.

I was part of something very special today.

In Edinburgh, as in London, Belfast, and Cardiff, Processions 2018 was a celebration of 100 years of women voting in the United Kingdom.

A wonderful event with so many inspiring women and emotional moments.

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was an Irish artist who achieved prominence for her work during the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Her work varied from large murals to embroidery.

One of her most celebrated works are the murals she created for the church now known as the Mansfield Traquair centre, which has been called ‘the Sistine Chapel of Edinburgh’. She was elected as the first female member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1920.

Above: Self-portrait, 1911, and Salvation of Mankind, 1886-1893

Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864) was a Scottish writer, the author of several novels and children’s books. She also engaged in extensive charitable work in her hometown of Edinburgh.

Her first published work was Modern Accomplishments, or the March of Intellect, a study of female education, in 1836. She is credited with discovering that Sir Walter Scott was the author of the anonymous Waverley novels – her memorial in Edinburgh is loosely modeled after the famous Scott Monument.

Annie Lennox (b. 1954) is a Scottish singer, famous for her solo
work as well as part of the duo Eurythmics. She has won six Brit Awards, more
than any other artist, along with four Grammies, a Golden Globe and an Academy
Award.

She is also a dedicated activist, working with
organisations such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Her main cause is
HIV/AIDS awareness, for which she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.