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Women's Forum

Women's Forum

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) Lothian Women’s Forum is a grassroots group formed by invitation in 1996, following a WEA/Engender Course Women’s Voices, Public Voices.

WEA Lothian Women’s Forum organises innovative and low-cost learning opportunities which celebrate women’s experience and achievements.

Planned by women for women, we began in 1996 with confidence-building and assertiveness courses. Then we investigated arts and political issues: One Scotland: Many Cultures, Women of the Royal Mile, Women and Slavery.

In 2008-2009 we focused on the Gude Cause celebrations, exploring the history of the women’s suffrage campaign, learning its songs and creating jewellery, banners and sashes.

Recently we published Dead Interesting Women (after exploring local graveyards) and researched forgotten Scottish writers for Excuse My Dust.

Walking the Women’s Trail in Dundee has inspired us to track our own activists in Edinburgh.  Our first step on the Edinburgh trail is our online calendar for 2013 “Let there be light!”

To find out more click here. If you relish the challenge of joining us in the Forum and influencing the direction of our courses and projects contact us!


Women's Forum Portraiture Day


Women in Portraiture Study Day 

On a cold Saturday in April 2013, 26 women took part in a Women in Portraiture Study Day at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  Chief curator Julie Lawson introduced the group to portraits and photographs of famous women from the gallery’s collection, including those featured in the Out of the Shadow exhibition, which is on display until the end of year.

"Excellent presentation by Julie Lawson which helped me to look at portraiture with different eyes."

"It was a wonderful day and so full of laughter."

"Some fascinating conversations with others on the workshop."

"I’d like further classes on women – how they perceive themselves though art, how they have been perceived for and by men, how this stands in contrast to the way women perceive themselves or want to be perceived."


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