‘SHALL WE NOT SPEAK FOR OURSELVES?’ History, Herstory, Yourstory

Suffragettes_outside_Duke_St_Prison.jpg(Photo shows suffragettes outside Duke Street Prison, Glasgow)




Women in Scotland have a long and proud tradition of speaking out – for themselves, and in struggles for rights and justice. Our foresisters organised and argued, campaigned and cared, risked and rebelled to change the world. And our heritage is our power!

Come and join us in Dundee to learn about and celebrate the history of women whose shoulders we stand on. From anti-slavery campaigners to political pioneers; from rent strikers to radical revolutionaries; from peace crusaders to ‘women’s libbers’ – and so much more. Scotswomen have been on the frontline, breaking through barriers and breaking the silence with creativity and courage. There will be presentations and performances, film and workshops, singing and sharing – and opportunities for you to contribute your own stories to the mapping of Scotland’s wonderful women. Their stories are our stories as we learn from the past to transform the future.

ALL WOMEN WELCOME; You do not have to be a Women for Indy member or supporter to attend. 


‘SHALL WE NOT SPEAK FOR OURSELVES?’ History, Herstory, Yourstory

Women for Independence celebrates International Women’s Day

Bonar Hall Dundee, Saturday 5 March, 10.30 – 4.00


10.00   Arrivals, registration, refreshments

10.30   Welcome and Introduction  Rosemary Hunter, WFI National Committee

10.45   Setting the Scene (including input and interaction) Women who widnae haud their wheesht  (Lesley Orr)

11.30   Workshops (choose one before lunch and another in the afternoon) Options include:

  1. A Gude Cause – The Suffrage Movement in Scotland (Elspeth King)
  2. Women on the Platform – Edinburgh’s anti-slavery activists (DRB women’s history group members)
  3. These Dangerous Women – the women who tried to stop World War One (Helen Kay and Anne Scott, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)
  4. Women as active citizens – Interwar feminism and political education in Scotland (Valerie Wright)
  5. Rent Strikes! 1915 and all that (Ann Petrie)
  6. The Women’s Liberation Movement (Sarah Browne, Sandie Wyles and Jennifer Kerr)
  7. More Than Pioneers: Women in a Man's World – women working in STEM (Nina Baker)
  8. Rocking the Status Quo – the early years of Women’s Aid in Scotland, and the 40th anniversary project (Lesley Orr, Ria Sloane)
  9. From there to here – Sharing stories and experiences  of migration, diasporas, families and communities  (Selma Rahman and friends)
  10. Dundee Women’s Trail – get out and about and discover more about the fine women who are – or should be - the pride of Dundee.

12.30   LUNCH (bring your own or go local). Take time to contribute to timeline and mapping of women’s stories

13.30   21 Revolutions project and The Mouse’s Umbrella (story written and read by Donna Moore, Glasgow Women’s Library)

14.10   Second running of workshop sessions

15.10   Plenary session – gathering up threads and themes from the day. What has inspired us; what have we learnt? Where do we go from here?

15.50   Songs of women’s protest and solidarity 



TICKETS COST £10 for the whole day.  We have a limited number of free spaces for those who cannot afford tickets.  Please e-mail us on [email protected] if you would like to apply for a free place. 

PLEASE NOTE;  This event is women only

DISABLED WOMEN;  If you require to bring a carer, personal assistant, interpreter, etc. in order to participate in the event, please just let us know on [email protected]   We will give you a second, free place if required.   Venue is wheelchair accessible.

March 05, 2016 at 10:30am - 4:30pm
Bonar Hall
University of Dundee
Park Place
Dundee DD1 4HN
United Kingdom
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