By Ciaran Roarty – La Passionara – High Res, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2555388
International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March which celebrates the accomplishments, triumphs and well earnt credit of contributions made by women. In Glasgow there are only three statues of women. One of these is La Pasionaria on the Clydeside which commemorates the contributions Scottish men and women made during the Spanish Civil War. Whilst this statue celebrates a worthy cause it is unfortunate that one of the few statues of a woman in Glasgow does not actually celebrate a real life woman! Efforts are being made to re-address this balance with plans to erect a statue of Mary Barbour, leader of the Glasgow Rent Strikes and the city’s first female ballie in Govan. It took over 100 years for Mary’s activism to be recognised by the city she called home.
There are no statues, plaques or monuments commemorating women in East Renfrewshire, as far as we aware. On East Renfrewshire’s Portal to the Past website only one woman is featured.
And this is where we need your help. Do you know of any women in East Renfrewshire whose achievements deserve to be celebrated? Have you uncovered any inspiring tales of women from the past? Is there a woman in your family whose contribution to the community has gone unrecognised? We would love to feature their stories on our blog. Get in touch!