ISHR Seminar – Dr Valerie Wright

The next ISHR seminar takes place on Thursday 9 March, when Dr Valerie Wright of the University of Glasgow will present: ‘”The evils of the present housing conditions”’: Women’s organisations and campaigns for improved housing in interwar Scotland.’

In the interwar years in Scotland women made their voices heard on a range of issues that were important to them through membership of women’s organisations that took an active role in associational culture and civil society. This paper will focus on the ‘housing question’ in both urban and rural Scotland and the ways in which women responded to, and shaped, debates for improved housing conditions for the working classes. Three women’s organisations  will be considered:  the overtly feminist Edinburgh Women Citizens’ Association, the Scottish Co-operative Women’s Guild and the Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes. Class was important in shaping the approach of each organisation as was geographic location.

The seminar will be held in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, 71 South Street, St Andrews at 5.30pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5.15pm.