The Lines Between is a social research agency based in Edinburgh. We are currently carrying out work on behalf of the Workers Education Association Scotland Lothian Branch, an organisation which provides adult education courses to bring about improvements for individuals and local communities. If you are not familiar with their work, you can find out more about it here: http://southeast.weascotland.org.uk/home.
For the past two years the Lothian Branch have worked to identify, recognise and celebrate women in the Edinburgh and the surrounding areas who have bring instrumental in bringing about positive social change. At the end of this project they produced a publication called Breaking The Mould, exploring the story of women’s history in social and political activism over the past century – it was launched at the Scottish Parliament last autumn: http://www.latebloomers.co.uk/wforum/BreakingtheMould/index.html
While the last project was a historic review of women who broke barriers over the past century, there is now funding available to identify women who are currently bringing about change – either through their social or political activism, or because of their prowess in a particular field. Essentially, we’re looking to identify women who are overcoming barriers, tackling inequality or doing something that no-one else has done before.
Our task is to develop profiles of ground-breaking women, based on interviews with these innovative change makers. We’ll cover themes such as: motivation; the difference they are making; role models; experiences; and thoughts about the previous generations of women who have overcome barriers in society.
Are you breaking the mould, or do you know someone we should include in our list of change makers? Don’t hesitate to suggest a name if you or your nominee meets one or more of the following criteria:
- they are doing something no one else has done before
- showing prowess in a field that is typically male dominated (for example science, technology, arts, sports, or board level)
- they are overcoming gender barriers, particularly in marginalised communities
- addressing the unmet needs of a local community
- championing a political cause
- championing an environmental cause
- are a successful entrepreneur- including social enterprise
- have developed innovative campaigning techniques
- are aged between 18 and 50 (the previous project focused on women over the age of 50)
Of course, if you have any questions or need further information about the project please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
To nominate a potential change maker just:
- email Research Director Lorraine Simpson via email@example.com
- or make your suggestion via twitter @thelinesbetweet using #breakingthemould2016
One final comment – if it’s of interest, Workers Education Association Scotland are holding a national conference about the first Breaking The Mould study in Perth next Thursday (31st March). The event will be chaired by Lesley Riddoch and Dr. Lesley Orr; I will be there until lunchtime and can answer any questions you may have. You’re very welcome to attend – to find out more or sign up click: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-the-mould-showcasing-event-tickets-22489917950