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They've got an absolute army of women behind them: the formation of a women's cooperative constellation in contemporary Scotland.

Pedersen, Sarah

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Abstract

This study argues that a new women's cooperative constellation has been established in Scotland around the issue of the Scottish Government's proposed reforms of the Gender Recognition Act. This constellation includes women politicians, researchers, journalists, writers, and activists from all sides of mainstream political opinion in Scotland. The constellation works together to support its politician members, share information and form a supportive community. The constellation acts together to show support for those in the public eye, such as politicians or members being publicly attacked, to make them aware they have 'an army of women behind them'. The role social media plays has been an important one for the formation and continuance of the constellation, particularly during the pandemic. It has been game-changing in allowing women to identify each other, communicate, arrange to work together and show public support for others. It has also been important in raising awareness of the issues, both with politicians and the general public because, unlike previously identified constellations, this network has needed to generate broad public awareness and support because they have not been working as Government insiders. However, all interviewees were aware that it was not enough to engage in online activism and that they needed to be 'in the room' with politicians in order to make any impact.

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PEDERSEN, S. [2021]. They've got an absolute army of women behind them: the formation of a women's cooperative constellation in contemporary Scotland. Scottish affairs [online], (accepted). To be made available from: https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/scot

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2021
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 30, 2021
Journal Scottish affairs
Print ISSN 0966-0356
Electronic ISSN 2053-888X
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Women's cooperative constellations; Velvet triangles; Gender Recognition Act 2004; Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill; Social media; Feminist strategic partnerships; Women and gender identity
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1375349
Publisher URL https://www.euppublishing.com/loi/scot

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