For over fifteen years, Sarah Pedersen of the School of Creative and Cultural Business has been conducting research into the lives of women in Scotland during the early twentieth century. Drawing on a variety of archival sources, the research covers various themes, for example: women's suffrage, women's correspondence to local newspapers, representations of women in the media and women's lives during the First World War. All of this research relates to women in Scotland, often with a particular focus on Aberdeen and the North-East. Recent projects have been supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

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  • Caroline Phillips: Aberdeen suffragette and journalist. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Robert Gordon University, 2017-11-01)
    PEDERSEN, S. 2017. Caroline Phillips: Aberdeen suffragette and journalist. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.
    Aberdeen Art Gallery holds a unique collection of correspondence that belonged to a woman journalist called Caroline Phillips. As honorary secretary of the Aberdeen branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), ...
  • The Scottish suffragettes and the press. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Palgrave Macmillan https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53834-5_1, 2017-07-02)
    PEDERSEN, S. 2017. The Scottish suffragettes and the press. London: Palgrave Macmillan [online], chapter 1, pages 1-19. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53834-5_1
    The file associated with this record contains only the first chapter - the full book is available for purchase from the publisher's website. This work approaches the Scottish women's suffrage campaign from the point of ...
  • Suffragettes and the Scottish press during the First World War. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Taylor and Francis https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2017.1292620, 2017-02-22)
    PEDERSEN, S. 2016. Suffragettes and the Scottish press during the First World War. Women's history review [online], Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2017.1292620.
    This article analyses the coverage of the suffrage movement in Scottish newspapers during the First World War. Suspension of militant action and a re-focus on women’s war work did not mean the complete disappearance of ...
  • Press response to women politicians: a comparative study of suffragettes and contemporary Scottish Parliament leaders. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Taylor and Francis https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1200953, 2016-06-29)
    PEDERSEN, S. 2018. Press response to women politicians: a comparative study of suffragettes and contemporary Scottish Parliament leaders. Journalism studies [online], 19(5), pages 709-725. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2016.1200953
    Celebrity culture and the personalisation of both politics and the media in the last few decades has exacerbated the media's focus on the appearance of women politicians. However, this article argues that we can see a ...
  • Ladies ‘doing their bit’ for the war effort in the north-east of Scotland. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Women's History Network http://womenshistorynetwork.org/womens-history-summer-2015/, 2015)
    PEDERSEN, S., 2015. Ladies ‘doing their bit’ for the war effort in the north-east of Scotland. Women’s History: The Journal of the Women’s History Network, Vol. 2(2), pp. 16-20.
    My son’s primary school class recently undertook a project on the First World War. One of the topics that the children could choose to study was ‘Women in the War’ and the usual subjects were included – nurses, VADs, ...
  • Within their sphere? Women correspondents to Aberdeen daily newspapers 1900-1914. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Edinburgh University Press http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/nor.2002.0010, 2002-05)
    PEDERSEN, S., 2002. Within their sphere? Women correspondents to Aberdeen daily newspapers 1900-1914. Northern Scotland, 22 (1), pp. 159-166.
  • Within their sphere? Women's correspondence to Aberdeen daily newspapers, 1900-1918. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Robert Gordon University Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, 2004-01)
    This research provides an insight into the motivations and agenda of women correspondents to Aberdeen local newspapers during the period 1900-18. This was achieved by undertaking a content analysis of all printed letters ...
  • A surfeit of socks? The impact of the First World War on women correspondents to daily newspapers. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Edinburgh University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/jshs.2002.22.1.50, 2002-03)
    PEDERSEN, S., 2002. A surfeit of socks? The impact of the First World War on women correspondents to daily newspapers. Scottish Economic and Social History, 22(1), pp. 50-72.
  • What's in a name? The revealing use of noms de plume in women's correspondence to daily newspapers in Edwardian Scotland. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Taylor & Francis http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1368880042000311537, 2004)
    PEDERSEN, S., 2004. What's in a name? The revealing use of noms de plume in women's correspondence to daily newspapers in Edwardian Scotland. Media History, 10(3), PP. 175-185
  • The appearance of women's politics in the correspondence pages of Aberdeen newspapers 1900-1914. 

    Pedersen, Sarah (Taylor & Francis http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612020200200343, 2002)
    PEDERSEN, S., 2002. The appearance of women's politics in the correspondence pages of Aberdeen newspapers 1900-1914. Women's History Review, 11 (4), pp. 657-674
    A newspaper’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ column represents its readership in an unique way and can provide a useful ‘thermometer’ with which to measure the extent of critical debate and discussion a particular issue generated ...