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Shadow of a Century

Jean Grainger

Jean Grainger
Source: Jean Grainger website

Shadow of a Century (2015)


Scarlett O’Hara, named by her romantic mother, after the Gone With The Wind character, is a journalist. Through her own romantic involvement that leads to her downfall (and the novel’s exposure of present day discrimination against women with some asides to current American politics) Scarlett’s story interacts with that of Irish women’s historical activism.  During her reporting on a robbery she finds an elderly woman concerned about her losses, most poignantly, a:


greying cotton parcel, around a foot square and tied with a length of



Edith Morley: the first female professor in Britain




Edith Morley’s 1944 memoir, Before and After, was written a few years after retiring as the first female professor at an English university. This absorbing story, now published in book form for the first time by Two Rivers Press, brings alive a very different era, one foundational to the freedoms we enjoy today.

Barbara Morris, who has edited the volume, talks here about Edith Morley and her memoir.


When in 1907 Reading University College began its quest for full university status all heads of department were promoted

Lest we forget: women also serve in the armed forces

Reprinted from The Conversation, November 11, 2016 11.39pm AEDT



Christina Dodds

Christina Dodds

PhD researcher, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Disclosure statement

Christina Dodds is a member of the Royal British Legion and is a member of the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.




Army bomb disposal and search specialists after returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Chris Radburn PA Archive/PA Images

On this Armistice Day, stop to remember all those that have given so much for their country over the years. Then pause and ask yourself how you picture our veterans. In your mind’s eye,

How far have women progressed in the UK construction industry?


Owen Goodhead, MD of Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering, which provides permanent and temporary recruitment solutions for the construction, property and engineering sectors.

The Shard London Bridge

The Shard London Bridge


It wasn’t so long ago that seeing a woman on a building site would have been a rare thing indeed. The industry was dominated almost entirely by men with women consigned to office-based or secretarial roles if they ventured into the arena at all.


The construction industry’s lack of diversity isn’t helped by the fact it has long been saddled with a poor public image. Despite lengthy positive recruitment campaigns, the …

Jewish Book Week: Celebration of Jewish literature, art and philosophy

F16Deborah  Butcher


Jewish Book Week has become something of a national institution:  but few realise that this popular annual celebration of Jewish literature, art and philosophy originated in Glasgow.   The brainchild of the Women’s Lodge of B’nai Brith – operating under the capable direction of its founder Maud Joseph – the first Jewish Book Week in Europe assumed the form of a two week exhibition in the McLellan Galleries in 1937.  The objectives were two-fold: firstly to dispel the ignorance of Jewish thought and creativity, and thereby dissipate anti-Semitism; secondly to foster appreciation and pride amongst Scottish Jewry of …