From ‘Battered Wives’ to ‘Coercive Control’: Domestic Abuse in Late Twentieth Century Scotland

Image reproduced courtesy of Scottish Women’s Aid Scotland’s response to male violence against their wives, partners or girlfriends has come a long way since the 1970s when ‘wives’ were ‘battered’, failed to protect their children and police didn’t get involved in ‘domestics’. Forty years since the publication of Violence against Wives – A Case against the Patriarchy, new legislation – The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act …

Women ARE Making History

West Dunbartonshire Women are making history A woman’s place was, until recently, in the home and it certainly wasn’t in the Scottish history books. Up to the 1980s and 1990s if you were looking for women in Scottish history, apart from queens and standout individuals like Flora Macdonald they simply weren’t there –  they weren’t …

A Woman’s Place – Riveting story of women who looked to the future

From the Lennox Herald 15 May 2015 I heard this week of the death of Mary Doyle aged 91 years, the woman who posed as Rosie the Riveter for Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting (not to be confused with WE CAN DO IT). The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May …

On the closure of Glasgow Samaritan Hospital for Women 1890-1991

 Miracles and Daffodils – 1991 I viewed the ministrations of the professional carers of the ‘gyn’ ward a shade truculently at first.  The world expert on her own body did not take kindly to others’ interference.   They related to me as a physical body, a condition which had an associated set of procedures for its …