Women on the Shelf


Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) was established in 1991. It grew out of the women’s arts-orientated project, Women in Profile (1987), to ensure the visibility of women in the programming of the Glasgow, European City of Culture year (1990). Since the thousands of women have contributed to the growth and success of the Library. GWL is not just a collection of books but aims:

  • To address a prevalent gender gap that contributes to complex inequalities in Scotland.
  • To take a lead role in redressing the neglect of women’s historical and cultural contributions to Scottish society by providing a catalyst for change.
  • To invest in women’s social and creative capital to the benefit of the nation.
  • To enable women, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded in society, to access the information they need to make positive life choices.
  • To break down barriers to learning and participation for women so that they become fully active citizens, develop skills and knowledge, engender self-confidence and equip themselves to pass on their experience to benefit their families and broader communities.
  • To create new ideas of and approaches to culture and heritage that bring together women from the most diverse backgrounds.

As part of the fundraising project for the refurbishment of the library and to support the move to the new home in Bridgeton, Glasgow GWL launched the WOMEN ON THE SHELF initiative.

In support of project and to introduce you to books which you may not have read before, supporters of GWL will review books which have made a difference to their lives; a book with impact; a book of importance; a book which has had real meaning for them.

You can find all of the books that have been reviewed to date, HERE

If you would like to review a book to be included in our WOMEN on the SHELF section of the3rdimagazine, please contact anne@the3rdi.co.uk


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