TYCI & Glasgow Women’s Library present Carrie Brownstein


Carrie Brownstein


*ticket details to be announced very soon*

TYCI and Glasgow Women’s Library, in association with Virago and Waterstones, are delighted to welcome Carrie Brownstein to Glasgow for an evening of conversation, memories and observations in celebration of her memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (out 5th November).

Broadcaster, and journalist Nicola Meighan will host the evening.

A candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life and finding yourself in music, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is an intimate and revealing narrative of Brownstein’s escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.

*please note that there will be no signing session on the evening, with Carrie kindly pre signing all books before the event.

Why I Heart: Ethel Moorhead


Every single day in March, a different contributor will be talking about a woman they admire, all in honour of International Women’s Day. Here, Glasgow Women’s Library‘s Donna Moore shares her love for suffragette Ethel Moorhead ahead of today’s March of Women event.


I have a very soft spot for all the wonderful women who were Scotland’s suffragette heroines, but my heart belongs to Dundee artist Ethel Agnes Mary Moorhead. She was known as one of the ‘most turbulent’ members of the suffrage movement, and she certainly lived up to that billing.

Summer Sea, Winter Sea – Glasgow Women’s Library


The work of Scottish painter Joan Eardley (1923 – 1963) will be discussed at a special exhibition in Glasgow Women’s Library this Thursday (19 September).

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Glasgow Women’s Library Series – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson


For this month’s history feature, Jennie Brosnan of Glasgow Women’s Library writes about surgeon Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first British woman to graduate as both a medical physician and surgeon. She faced much opposition to her choice of career, especially as she was not able to gain work experience in a traditional hospital setting. In spite of this, she set up her own clinic, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology- which reached out to women who felt embarrassed or uncomfortable going to a male physician.

Glasgow Women’s Library – Emily Davison


For the latest in Glasgow Women’s Library’s series of features for TYCI, Jennie Brosnan writes about suffragette Emily Davison.

This month marks the centenary of the death of Emily Davison, a militant suffragette, who died from her injuries at the Epsom Derby on 8 June 1913.This is perhaps her most well-known and controversial act as a campaigner for the right of women to vote. Doubt still lingers of whether she meant to martyr herself for the cause or if it was just a very unfortunate accident.

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Davison showed considerable promise after winning a bursary at the Royal Holloway College in 1891 to study literature. She was forced to drop out in 1893 after the death of her father, with her newly widowed mother unable to pay the fees. Davison then became a governess, graduating to school teacher where she saved up enough money to return to her studies at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Here she gained a first class honours but was unable to graduate with a degree as this was not allowed at Oxford. She also obtained a first class honours degree from London University.

Glasgow Women’s Library – Christine de Pizan


For the latest instalment in the Glasgow Women’s Library series for TYCI, Jennie Brosnan sheds light on Christine de Pizan.

Christine de Pizan (1364- 1430) is one of the most remarkable women to have graced the world of medieval Europe, making a huge impact on the way people viewed their world. She provided those who could read a new literary genre that centred on women and the roles they played in medieval life and also the chivalry that was meant to dominate it. Her two most famous works, The Treasure of the City of Ladies and The Book of the City of Ladies displayed her rhetorical writing style in a manner that did not upset the patriarchal society but still conveyed the message of female equality with men. It was in her work that she tried to abolish the contemporary negative stereotypes of women.
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Glasgow Women’s Library Series – Elizabeth Blackwell


In the latest instalment of Glasgow Women’s Library’s articles for TYCI, Jennie Brosnan tells us about Elizabeth Blackwell.


Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) can be considered a pioneering force when it comes to physiology – also meaning things pertaining to sex or sexual activity -, the education of the younger generations about sex and, most importantly, venereal disease. Born in Britain, in 1821, Blackwell would come to make her mark on the medical world in her early twenties after being accepted to a medical degree course in an American university. Her application was mistakenly thought to be that of a male student and was admitted. Despite this grievous administrative error, Blackwell continued on to become the first female graduate in medicine and the first fully qualified and certified physician.

Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur


Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur is a queer feminist zine available at Glasgow Women’s Library. LEARN MORE NOW through this lovely Q & A with the makers.


Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur is a collaboration between young women users (aged 16-25) of Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL)  and LGBT Youth Scotland (LGBTYS). We are always happy for new women to become involved in the project, and if anyone reading this would like to be involved, please contact us through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HensTaeWatchOotFur).

Clara Bow – Forgotten Siren of the Silver Screen


In the second Glasgow Women’s Library’s series of articles for TYCI, Jennie Brosnan sheds light on the life of Clara Bow.

Over the Christmas period, the BBC aired a one-off documentary on a somewhat unknown figure of an era long since passed; this was Clara Bow. Bow is one of the more forgotten silver screen sirens of the century gone by. Even bigger than Marilyn Monroe and her contemporary Greta Garbo, she was known as ‘The IT Girl’, with fan’s letters often addressed to The IT Girl, Hollywood, USA. She made over 50 films during her career starting with the black and white silent films typical of the pre-Depression era, and moving with the times in the advent of the talkies despite her controversial Brooklyn accent.