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Scottish Council of Women Citizens Associations

After the First World War, women over the age of 30 received the right to vote. Many members of disbanded suffrage societies joined newly created women’s groups that set out to encourage women’s involvement in public affairs such as social welfare, reform and human rights.

The Scottish Council of Women Citizens Associations was established in December 1919. It published pamphlets and organised annual conferences on particular themes. The 1920 conference concentrated on the care of mentally-handicapped children.

This source features the Seventh Annual Conference, held at St Andrews on 20-21 May 1927 that addressed the changing role of women in society.

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Programme for the Seventh Annual Conference of the Scottish Council of Women Citizens Associations in 1927, National Records of Scotland reference: GD1/1076/3/4


The Meetings of the Conference, to which the Public are invited, will be held in the Town Hall, St Andrews, from 10am to 1.15pm.

MORNING SESSION - 10am to 1.15pm
Subject -
1. "Women in the State" - Chairman
2. "Women in Industry: Engineering and its Openings for Women" - The Honourable Lady Parsons, JP, Chairman of Atalanta, Ltd, (Women's Engineering Works) and Honorary Member of the NE Coast Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders. Opener of Discussion - Mrs David Johnston, President, Dundee WCA
3. "Women in Education" - Mrs Isabel C Hamilton LLA, FEIS, Member of Glasgow Education Authority. Opener of Discussion - Miss H V Stewart, St Leonard's School
4. "Women in the Home" - Dr Mary H MacNicol Physician, Edinburgh Hospital for Women and Children. Opener of Discussion - Dr Dorothy Douglas, St Andrews

Interval for Lunch, 1.15pm to 2.30pm
The St Andrews Women Citizens Association invite Delegates and Speakers to Luncheon in the Victoria Cafe. A limited number of Luncheon Tickets, 3s each, for local members and visitors, may be had from Mrs Galloway, St Mary's College, St Andrews,

AFTERNOON SESSION - 2.30pm to 4pm
St Andrews WCA has made arrangements for Delegates to visit the University, St Leonard's School, the Nursing Association and Child Welfare Centre, and The Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Clinical Research.

Tea 4 to 5pm

(National Records of Scotland reference: GD1/1076/3/4)




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