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Women of Words: gender equality in contemporary Scottish writing and publishing

Women of Words is a PhD project led by Christina Neuwirth examining systemic issues relating to the production, reception and consumption of women’s writing in Scotland

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About the research project

This project examines gender inequality in contemporary Scottish writing and publishing. This research is conducted using a feminist approach, with a focus on community participation. Christina has been working with the advocacy group ROAR (Represent, Object, Advocate, Rewrite) to share emerging findings with the literary sector through the 2017 ROAR Report publication and talks at Literature Alliance Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The aims of the project are to uncover whether women and gender minorities are at a disadvantage in the contemporary Scottish literary sector, why this is the case – and how we can move towards a more equal future. To accomplish these aims, Christina has been using a mix of different methods, including conducting interviews with some people at the helm of organisations in the Scottish literary sector. As another method, Christina has been counting gender representation in literary sector output – books published, books reviewed, book festival events 2017-2019, and literary prize winners and shortlists (1919–2019).


This doctoral research was funded by a Creative Economies Studentship by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities(this link will open in a new window) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Christina has been working across several institutions, including University of Stirling(this link will open in a new window), University of Glasgow(this link will open in a new window), and Scottish Book Trust.

Research contacts

For more details, please visit the SGSAH website(this link will open in a new window) and ROAR advocacy group's Twitter(this link will open in a new window).