Jenny Brown and Rosemary Ward inducted into Outstanding Women of Scotland community
21 October 2018
Ten Scottish women from the fields of the arts, culture,
politics, activism and science have been honoured and inducted into
the esteemed Saltire Society 'Outstanding Women of Scotland'
community at a special event in Glasgow on Saturday 20 October
We are particularly delighted to see our members Jenny
Brown and Rosemary Ward recognised.
This year's ten inductees include the UK's youngest MP Mhairi
Black, distinguished scientist Sarah Wanless and actor Maureen
Beattie, who is president of the actors' union Equity and a member
of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Histories Ensemble. Also
featured in this year's list of inductees are Chief Executive of
Community Justice Scotland Karen McCluskey and pioneering
campaigners Talat Yaqoob, Beth Morrison and Isabel McCue, alongside
choreographer Janice Parker and literary agent Jenny Brown.
Completing the list of 2018 inductees is Rosemary Ward, a notable
figure in the fields of Gaelic education and literature.
Since it began in 2015, the 'Outstanding Women of Scotland'
campaign has recognised and celebrated Scottish women from all
walks of life and the inspiration their achievements set for the
next generation. Each year, the campaign invites members of the
public to nominate living contemporary examples of Scottish women
who have made a significant contribution to Scottish culture and
society for induction into the Outstanding Women of Scotland
community. Past inductees have included singer-songwriter and
activist Annie Lennox, bestselling author J.K. Rowling and First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Taking place at Glasgow Women's Library, the special ceremony
saw each inductee presented with a limited edition print.
Full details of this year's ten inductees are as follows:
- Maureen Beattie- prominent stage and screen actor and President
- Jenny Brown- leading literary agent, former Head of Literature
at the Scottish Arts Council, founder Director of the Edinburgh
International Book Festival and Chair of Bloody Scotland crime
- Mhairi Black- Member of Parliament for Paisley &
Renfrewshire South and the youngest member in the House of
- Karyn McCluskey- Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland,
notably championed a public health approach to violence reduction
and is a world-leading expert in this field.
- Isabel McCue MBE- mental health campaigner and founder of
- Beth Morrison- award-winning campaigner for the care, wellbeing
and rights of children with special and complex needs.
- Janice Parker- award-winning independent choreographer and
- Professor Sarah Wanless- highly regarded scientist with
international recognition whose work has been essential to the
conservation of marine ecosystems, a fellow of the Royal Society of
Edinburgh and Honorary professor at the University of
- Rosemary Ward- Director of Programmes at the Scottish Book
Trust, former Director of the Gaelic Book Council and notable
figure in the fields of Gaelic education, literature and
- Talat Yaqoob- Director of Equate Scotland and campaigner for
gender, race and religious equality in Scotland.
Glasgow Women's Library Enterprise Development Manager, Sue
"Glasgow Women's Library is thrilled to be working with the
Saltire Society once again. Each year, another cohort of incredible
women is inducted as Outstanding Women of Scotland. Through their
extraordinary contributions to Scotland and the wider world they
are role models for us all, and I am pleased have celebrated their
achievements with them on this special occasion."
Saltire Society President, Sally Mapstone, said:
"Across the arts, politics, science, and vital areas such as
justice, special needs and mental health, Scotland generates
outstanding women, whom the Saltire Society is proud to celebrate.
Women's leadership, creativity, and companionship, done on their
own terms and to enhance the lives of others, characterise this
year's inspiring inductees."
Saltire Society Programme Director, Sarah Mason, said:
"It is a great privilege to once again honour truly inspiring
women who contribute to both Scotland and internationally, who
change the world we live in. The Saltire Society exists to promote
and celebrate Scottish culture and heritage and we are proud to
work with Glasgow Women's Library on the Outstanding Women of
Scotland. Over the years, the contribution of Scotland's women to
the cultural life of this country has been truly remarkable but
sadly too often underestimated or overlooked. By building the
Outstanding Women of Scotland community year by year, I hope we can
begin to address that shortcoming and bring women to the