Gift to libraries celebrates women’s roles in politics

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Scottish publishers 404ink and BHP Comics have teamed up with the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) to donate copies of the graphic novel, We Shall Fight Until We Win, to every secondary school library in the country, including Argyll, the Isles and the Highlands, to mark International Women’s Day last Sunday, March 8.

The initiative fits in with SLIC’s National Strategy for School Libraries which aims to showcase the impact an excellent library service can have in Scotland’s schools.

The comic-style novel reflects on the role that women have played in shaping the current political climate over the past century and features illustrated snapshots of women from each decade of the last 100 years, alongside stories that highlight details of their efforts and achievements.

CEO at SLIC, Pamela Tulloch, said: ‘Even in the age of the internet, books remain a key learning resource in schools and the vibrancy of We Shall Fight Until We Win, will certainly make it stand out on library shelves.

‘The comic style and colourful design really brings the stories to life and gives them a fresh feel which helps make the historical content relevant to young people’s lives today.

‘I’m sure the books will be enjoyed by girls and boys alike in Scottish schools for many years to come and I’d like to thank 404ink and BHP Comics for their generosity.’

The collaboration between the two publishers not only draws attention to women who deserve recognition, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Mhairi Black, it also brings together a range of contributors from a variety of disciplines.
The donation has been praised by the Scottish Government with Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie, who said: ‘Projects like this are important to help share stories of women’s struggles and success throughout history.

This will help inform and inspire our young people and future generations, as well as helping us to continue to challenge gender stereotypes, including in early years and education settings.’