Events for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2013 in Scotland

Events for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2013 in Scotland

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Highlights events include Nicola Sturgeon, Margo MacDonald anf Muscles of Joy

It was Beyoncé (or should we say Mrs Carter #awarenessofcurrentevents) who mused that it’s girls who run the world, and never has that rung more true than this March, with a plethora of events happening in your neighbourhood for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.


Ladyfest is back with two days of music from the likes of ANAKANAK, Muscles of Joy and Hector Bizerk, with a Lock Up Your Daughters after-party to boot (Kinning Park Complex, 8 & 9 Mar, Glasgow Women’s Library launch their Illuminated Letters Project, inspired by the work of Niki de Saint-Phalle with a programme of workshops including poetry, illustration and design (Gallery of Modern Art, 8 Mar, Glasgow University Feminist Society are putting on a week of events, with films, reading groups, debates and, ahem, vagina drawing (Glasgow University, 4–10 Mar), while lady collective TYCI are running a month of features on their website where their writers and guest contributors choose their favourite international woman of the day before their International Women’s Day Special gig with Honeyblood and SummerSlams (Bloc, 16 Mar,


The National Library is hosting talks on the role of women in World War II (5 Mar), the role of women in science (7 Mar), Scottish female writers who were up there with Jane Austen (12 Mar) and The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (19 Mar,, while The Surgeons’ Hall investigates the idea of ‘female malady’ with special guest Margo MacDonald MSP (4 Mar, Engender, a research and networking organisation for women in Scotland, will be discussing women’s place in ‘transformative economics’ (Edinburgh City Council Chambers, 8 Mar), while The Scottish Women’s Convention returns to the Parliament, with speakers including Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Mette Kindberg and Liz Lochhead (9 Mar). The List also heard rumour of special events by Hollaback! Edinburgh – full details were unconfirmed at the time of going to print, so keep an eye on their website in March.

Various venues, nationwide, Mar


We know that women are great, but it's nice to have a festival to celebrate their achievements in and contribution to arts, culture and society. This year coincides with International Women's Day which is lovely. As well as workshops and discussions, Friday sees performances from Lucy Duncombe, Liene Rozite and Julia…


A club and live event from TYCI, a Glasgow collective run for women by women.

Feminist Reading Group

Glasgow University Feminist Society have an LGBT/queer theme to their monthly book group in support of LGBT History month. Email or visit their Facebook page for more details.

Very Private Papers: Scottish Women's Lives in the NLS

Lynn Abrams, Jane Rendall and Sian Reynolds discuss the biographies of female historical figures featured in The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.

GWL’s Book Group

A group for reading and discussion. Booking is essential.

International Women’s Day Talks

Two lectures on the relationship between women and medicine. Dr Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh) presents 'The Female Malady? The Relationship between Madness, Psychiatry and Gender' and Chris Short (Surgeons' Hall Museum) presents 'A Fair Field and No Favours: Three Edinburgh Surgeons Who Broke the Mould'. Booking…

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