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Glasgow Women's Library (GWL) women's organisations

Outwrite Women’s Newspaper

  • Corporate body
  • 1982-1988

Outwrite newspaper, produced by a collective of women throughout the 1980s, was dedicated to offering news by women, for women. Self-defined as an ‘internationalist feminist’ publication, the paper focused on ‘the development of feminism worldwide’ and an examination of women’s oppressions ‘in the context of imperialism, racism and class divisions.’

Liberation struggles across Latin America, southern Africa, Palestine, Bangladesh and India, as well as local campaigns including those of Southall Black Sisters, the Sari Squad and the King’s Cross Women’s Centre were regularly featured in Outwrite’s monthly reports. The transnational community Outwrite envisioned and embodied resonates powerfully with the social justice struggles of today.

Spare Rib

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-1993

Spare Rib was a second-wave feminist magazine and an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972-1993, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced.

Black Womantalk Press

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-c.1990s

Black Womantalk was a publishing co-operative set up by a group of unemployed women of African and Asian descent, who - in their own words - 'felt strongly about creating the space and the means for our voices to be heard'. Black Womantalk primarily focused on organising events and readings led by Black women writers and women writers of colour, as well as publishing several poetry collections.

Members of the co-operative included Gabriela Pearse, Bernadine Evaristo, Olivette Cole Wilson, Da Choong, Sylvia Parker, and others.

Wellpark Enterprise Centre, 1996-2002

  • GB 1534 WEC1
  • Corporate body
  • 1996-2002

The Wellpark Enterprise Centre (1996-2002) was a women’s’ enterprise centre based in the east end of Glasgow that sought to encourage women to engage in enterprise. It provided a range of resources, including 590sqm of subletting space, ICT services, as well as running projects designed to support potential, nascent and existing women-led businesses. From 2001 onwards, due to reliance on grants from funding partners and [little in the way of active monetary returns], it experienced financial difficulties, eventuality resulting in the liquidation of the company board, and a hand-over of the company and its remaining assets to Glasgow City Council on 1st June 2002.