In celebration of International Women’s Day, this astonishing screening features short films telling the stories of the women of Scotland from the Edwardian era to the Thatcher years.
During the twentieth century Scotland’s women lived through major social change, challenging their roles in society and fighting for equality: at work and at home, from classroom to croft, and from girlhood to motherhood.
Discover their stories and hear their voices in this timely collection of archive film curated by the National Library of Scotland and guaranteed to spark debate. The films being screened together for the first time are grouped into Education, Work and Horizons. The titles include Mary Gets Ready for School (featuring the importance of teeth brushing), Wood Goes to War with footage of women making rifles and Tomorrow is Yours (the Scottish Cooperative Wholesale Society promoting self-service and mobile shops).
These rarely-seen films follow women’s histories through 100 years of filmmaking in Scotland and many of them were made by female filmmakers including Sarah Erulkar, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper and Jenny Gilbertson.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
International Women’s day exists to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.