New from Glasgow Women’s Library


She Settles in the Shields provides a unique opportunity to meet the women who travelled to Scotland from all over the world in search of family, love and security.

This book is now available to buy in the Library or online for just £9.95*.

Told in their own words, the women reveal a fascinating story of hope, isolation, warm welcomes, cold weather, racism and the quest for acceptance and integration. Many of these women have made significant contributions to the Pollokshields community, witnessing major changes along the way.

Featuring a wealth of photographs, the book explores the migrant women’s early lives before coming to Scotland, and charts their feelings and impressions on arrival, and their experiences of education, work and community. It also provides an intimate insight into family, intergenerational differences, and, on a more light-hearted note, of food, fashion, relaxation and celebration.

The story of Pollokshields migrant women is one of hope and despair, challenge and success. It is the story of the women who have created and raised a whole generation of new Scots. It is therefore part of the ever-intriguing story of Scotland.

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