Nominate an 'outstanding woman' from Scottish history


24 February 2014
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The Saltire Society has today launched a social media campaign to encourage the public to vote for the most outstanding women of Scotland. ...
Nominate an 'outstanding woman' from Scottish history Images
The Saltire Society has today launched a social media campaign to encourage the public to vote for the most outstanding women of Scotland.

Running from the earliest days of history (such as Queen Margaret of Scotland shown above) through to the achievements of women such as 19th-century missionary Mary Slessor (shown below) and on to the present day, the campaign aims to recognised any female who has made a contribution to the cultural life of Scotland.

CELEBRATING SCOTLAND'S OUTSTANDING WOMEN

The Saltire Society is a non-political independent charity dedicated to 'preserving Scottish traditions and encouraging new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country's cultural life'. The Outstanding Women of Scotland campaign will be Twitter based and over the fortnight leading up to International Women's Day on 8 March, the Saltire Society will issue tweets featuring trivia and facts about some of Scotland's women, with the public's most popular choices revealed on 8 March.

Susan Garnsworthy, Saltire Society Council member said: 'We are delighted to be able to launch this exciting campaign and are looking forward to receiving nominations from the general public of women they feel have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of this country – throughout its history right up to the present day.



'The Saltire Society exists to promote and celebrate Scottish culture and heritage. Over the centuries, the contribution of Scotland’s women to the cultural life of this country has been truly remarkable. In so many walks of life, it is as often the women of this country who have carried the torch for Scotland on a global stage as their male counterparts. International Women’s Day is the ideal opportunity to celebrate their achievements.

'I hope that our Twitter followers and the wider public will take full advantage of this opportunity to participate in this unique celebration of Scottish life, society and culture and to contribute to the creation of a new permanent archive of the Outstanding Women of Scotland.'

HOW TO VOTE

Using the hashtag #saltirewomen, members of the public are being encouraged to tweet their own suggestions of Outstanding Women of Scotland to be included in a permanent archive that will be kept and maintained by the Saltire Society.

The list will remain open to formal nominations until St. Andrews Day and nomination forms can be downloaded from the Saltire Society website. The only qualifying criterion for nominations is to demonstrate that the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish life, culture or society.

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