Nominations for the Saltire Society’s ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ 2016
campaign are due to close on Friday, 11th March.

You can nominate HERE.

International Women's Day 2016

19th Century Skye poet tops Outstanding Women Twitter poll

Màiri Mhòr nan Oran (Mary MacPherson)

A 19th Century nurse, poet and songwriter from Skeabost on the Isle of Skye has topped a social media poll of Outstanding Women of Scotland through the ages.

Màiri Mhòr nan Oran (Mary MacPherson) was announced the overall winner of the online poll to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8th March.

Since launching the 2016 Outstanding Women of Scotland campaign on St. Andrew’s Day, cultural charity the Saltire Society has been celebrating women from throughout Scottish history via a series of daily Tweets. Fellow Twitter users were asked to vote for their favourites from a list of more than 80 outstanding women from Scottish history.

A wide range of Historic Scottish women have been celebrated as part of the campaign, from Mary King, who famously has an Edinburgh close and visitor attraction named after her to Dorothy Donaldson Buchanan, the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Màiri Mhòr nan Oran was born on the Isle of Skye in 1821 and, after being briefly arrested and imprisoned for theft in 1872, turned to poetry to protest her innocence and express her anger through Gaelic verse. Following her release from prison, she lived in Glasgow where she worked as a nurse and became well known for her poetry and songs. She was a supporter of land reform and, amongst other things, used her verse to urge Skye crofters to resist their landlords, including through perhaps her best known poem “Incitement of the Gaels”. Màiri died following a short illness in 1898. A plaque to her memory was unveiled in 1966 at Skeabost in Skye and there is a more recent plaque outside her last home in Portree, erected by the Portree Local History Society.

Nominations for the Saltire Society’s ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ 2016 campaign are due to close on Friday, 11th March.

You can nominate HERE.

 

We are delighted to be working with the Glasgow Women's Library again to celebrate the outstanding women of Scotland who contribute so much to Scotland today, not always with the recognition they deserve.

Ten outstanding women were inducted into our inaugural ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ on International Women’s Day in March 2015.

       
         

Alongside the First Minister, other inductees included Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead and novelist Jackie Kay. Responding to her nomination, the First Minister said she hoped ‘the achievements of all those featured will inspire many more Scottish women to fulfil their dreams’.

From Monday 30th November the public is being invited to submit their nominations for next year’s list. Nominees must be living, contemporary examples of Scottish women who have made a significant contribution to Scottish culture and society. Nominations can be made via Twitter using the hashtag #saltirewomen or by completing the online form HERE

Leading nominees from the social media campaign will be revealed on International Women’s day (8th March 2016) itself, giving the public three months to submit their nominations. Women from all backgrounds can be nominated, provided that they have contributed something ‘truly special’ to Scottish culture and society.

   
     

Based on official nominations made via the Saltire Society website, ten women will be inducted into the ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ community in the July of 2016.

Commenting on the launch, Saltire Society Programme Manager Sarah Mason said:

“The Saltire Society is here to protect and promote Scotland’s essential culture and heritage. By championing the women of Scotland – the unsung heroines of this country alongside those who have risen to prominence in public life – the ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ campaign seeks to celebrate everything Scotland’s women have achieved – and the huge contribution they make to the cultural life of this country.”

Adele Patrick, a co-founder of Glasgow Women’s Library commented:

“Scotland has an inordinate number of remarkable women who have shaped its past and some phenomenal women who are changing the face of the nation today. We are thrilled to be working with our partners the Saltire Society to bring the contemporary heroines whether they are architects or engineers, playwrights or poets into the spotlight. These unique Awards involves young women in the process fuelling their own aspirations as we ensure Scotland’s story includes the cultural contribution of women.”

 

2015 Outstanding Women of Scotland

The ceremony took place on the afternoon of International Women’s Day 2015, Sunday 8th March, at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

We are delighted to announce our  inaugural ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ inductees. 

Announced at a event at Glasgow Women's Library on 8th March 2015 (International Women's Day) celebrating the achievements of Scottish women from all walks of life based on nominations from the general public.:

 

·         Edinburgh Napier Professor of Creative Writing Bashabi Fraser

·         Former MP, MEP and MSP Winifred Ewing

·         Poet and Novelist Jackie Kay MBE

·         Songwriter Karine Polwart

·         Former President, Industrial Tribunals (Scotland), Dr. Doris Littlejohn CBE

·         Poet, dramatist and Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead

·         Singer and writer Dr Anne Lorne Gillies

·         Former Advocate General of Scotland Elish Angiolini DBE

·         Strathclyde University Engineering Professor Rebecca Lunn

·        Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon

Each of the inductees was presented with a limited edition print from up and coming printmaker Jessica Copsey and has been invited to become part of the ongoing Saltire Celebrates programme.

Download our Outstanding Women of Scotland 2015 pamphlet to find out who inspired our inductees HERE.

 

 

Outstanding Women of Scotland

We are delighted to announce our inaugural ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ list launched by the Saltire Society to coincide with International Women’s Day (Sunday, 8th March 2015).

Members of the public were invited to submit nominations for inclusion in the list during 2014 leading up to St Andrews Day on 30th November.  The key criterion for consideration was that those nominated should be living contemporary examples of Scottish women who have made a significant contribution to Scottish culture and society.

The ceremony took place on the afternoon of International Women’s Day 2015, Sunday 8th March, at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

We are delighted to announce our  inaugural ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ inductees. 

Announced at a event at Glasgow Women's Library on 8th March 2015 (International Women's Day) celebrating the achievements of Scottish women from all walks of life based on nominations from the general public.:

 

·         Edinburgh Napier Professor of Creative Writing Bashabi Fraser

·         Former MP, MEP and MSP Winifred Ewing

·         Poet and Novelist Jackie Kay MBE

·         Songwriter Karine Polwart

·         Former President, Industrial Tribunals (Scotland), Dr. Doris Littlejohn CBE

·         Poet, dramatist and Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead

·         Singer and writer Dr Anne Lorne Gillies

·         Former Advocate General of Scotland Elish Angiolini DBE

·         Strathclyde University Engineering Professor Rebecca Lunn

·        Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon

 

Each of the inductees was presented with a limited edition print from up and coming printmaker Jessica Copsey and has been invited to become part of the ongoing Saltire Celebrates programme.

Download our Outstanding Women of Scotland pamphlet to find out who inspired our inductees HERE.

 



  

The Saltire Society has launched a social media campaign to see the women of Scotland who have made a significant contribution to Scottish Life, Society and Culture celebrated.

The 24th February saw the start of a yearlong campaign where the Society will celebrate, through social media, one woman each day. Profiling how women have contributed significantly to Scotland’s rich life and culture.

Members of the public are being called on to nominate candidates to be included in a list of ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’. This major social media campaign is intends to celebrate the multitude of Scottish women who have made an outstanding contribution to the life, society and culture of Scotland.

MAKE YOUR NOMINATION HERE.

(Download the entry form before completing)

The list will remain open to formal nominations until St. Andrews Day.  The only qualifying criterion for nominations is to demonstrate that the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish life, culture or society.