This magazine has featured many amazing women in its time, but this particular issue has pulled out all the stops to celebrate International Women’s Day, on the eighth of this month.
Thank you to all of our readers who nominated inspirational women for this month’s lead feature. It was great to read the reasons behind your choices, and to get as many of the nominees together as possible for our fun photo shoot with local photographer Leanne Macleod. It will come as no surprise to Shetlanders that there are such dynamic women in our midst, but this seemed like an especially good time to celebrate these islands’ strong tradition of female empowerment.
This tradition can be traced right back to Shetland folklore. Where other representations of females may centre on the young and virginal maidens, the Shetland “sea midder” provides an altogether feistier female archetype. You can read more about this archetypal Shetland woman in Alex Garrick-Wright’s article.
Marsali Taylor pays tribute to key woman in the Shetland suffrage movement – Christina Jamieson and Harriet Atherton Leask are just two of the pioneering women whose contributions are explored. Continuing the historical theme, John Coutts shares some photographs of well-known Shetland woman from the 1960s.
In addition to our nominated women, we feature many more fantastic females within our pages. Poet Christine De Luca, artist Gail Harvey and baker Katja Stuebiger offer further examples of the diversity of female talent and determination here in Shetland.
Recent months have seen heated debate over the gender pay gap. It seemed timely to interview Heather Gordon, empowerment coach who has been visiting Shetland to lead training sessions for female council workers. What challenges do females continue to face in the Shetland workplace? This is the question we asked three local women: you can read their answers in the magazine.
For many of us, the most inspirational woman in our lives will be our own mother. If you’re looking to show your mum some love this month, make sure you check out some of our Mother’s Day gift ideas – we’ve been out and about sourcing local gifts to suit every budget. If you really want to make your mum something really special, follow Helen Robertson’s instructions and make her a beautiful petal brooch. If you’re a mother (or a mother-to-be) , why not treat yourself to some time out and follow local yoga teacher Lana Hodge’s step-by-step yoga sequences?
All these tales of inspiration and innovation can leave you feeling tired, so you might want to take a break with some short fiction. Finally, we have a thoroughly entertaining short story by Bruce Eunson The Shetland Mount Rushmore.
Our mystery male columnist the “Filskit Faider” wonders if these gendered celebrations run the risk of being a little exclusive. We hope that our male readers will enjoy this magazine Just as much as our female readers.
If you’ve enjoyed this issue, wait till you see next month’s. We’ve something extra-special up our sleeve for you. Until then!