Women Writers

To mark International Women’s Day each year, Scottish PEN teams up with IASH (Institute of Advanced Studies of Humanities) to put on an all-day conference dedicated to feminist activism and women artists. We choose a topic and invite guest speakers to discuss it in a series of panels.


Latest news from this campaign

Freedom of expression at the Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival starts today, so we’re offering our pick of events that amplify marginalised voices and explore free speech in the digital age. Part of the festival this year is its commissions programme titled More Lasting Than Bronze. The collection will explore the monument and the way that it creates whilst also deleting various histories. […]

July 28, 2016

“27 out of the 98 writers I studied at university were women” – Gender bias in the syllabus

The university, like the publishing industry, should widen the kinds of writers that they read to include those who are studying them.

March 10, 2016
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“Publishing is a women’s world”: Gender inequality in the writing industry

Guest blog post by Caroline Criado-Perez. You can find Caroline on Twitter at @CCriadoPerez and on her website. Publishing is a women’s world. According to a survey by Publisher’s Weekly, in 2014, women made up 71% of the publishing workforce in the US. In the UK, women buy two thirds of all books sold. When I was working on my book, Do […]

March 7, 2016