Women's History Scotland Essay Prize

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Women’s History Scotland Essay Prize

For a new essay in Scottish women’s or gender history

Women’s History Scotland awards a bi-annual prize of £100 for a new essay in the field of Scottish women’s and/or gender history. 

The prize was established in 2000 to celebrate the work of Leah Leneman, one of the foremost historians of women in Scotland.

Women’s History Scotland wishes to acknowledge the important work of Leah Leneman and to encourage new women’s & gender historians to publish and to continue researching and writing in the field of Scottish women’s and gender history. 

Forms of work that may be submitted include: undergraduate dissertation, postgraduate work (e.g. Masters dissertation or chapter of PhD), a piece of original research by an independent scholar. Please note the instructions for preparation below. 



Leah Leneman 

A trailblazer for women’s history in Scotland, Leah Leneman produced innovative studies on the women’s suffrage movement, on women in medicine, and on sexuality and divorce in the early modern and modern periods. She published widely reaching a large and varied audience. She was also a broadcaster, wrote and edited vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, but especially was a passionate and gifted historian of Scottish women. She returned to study as a mature student, at the University of Edinburgh with which she was mainly associated until her death in 1999. She prioritised research during her career, following her thesis on the Athol estate in the eighteenth century. She pursued a career built around research, rather than as a teaching academic, and her versatility and tireless pursuit of research grants allowed her to produce important reports, articles and books. Of particular significance was her work on ‘girls in trouble’ with Rosalind MitchisonGirls in Trouble: Sexuality and Social Control in Rural Scotland 1660 – 1780 and Sexuality and Social Control: Scotland 1660 – 1780, as well as studies on broken marriage promises, Promises, Promises: Marriage Litigation in Scotland 1698 – 1980, and studies on Elsie Inglis including, In the Service of Life: The Story of Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitalsand on Scottish suffragettes, A Guid Cause: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland amongst a prolific research and publishing career. Importantly she was also generous, and particularly supportive of younger scholars. As Stana Nenadic commented ‘History was Leah Leneman’s passion, especially the history of women.’ The prize was named for her in honour of her contribution to scholarship and Scottish women’s history, and her story acts as an inspiration to others interested in women in Scotland.

For more information, Stana Nenadic (2000) ‘Leah Leneman (1944–99): an appreciation’, Women’s History Review, 9:3, 449-450; publications on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/133539.Leah_Leneman

 

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