Scottish publishers 404ink and BHP Comics have teamed up with the Scottish Library and Information Council to donate copies of graphic novel “We shall fight until we win” to every secondary school library in the country to mark International Women’s Day today.
SLIC will facilitate the donation and ensure that all school libraries across the country get copies of the novel, estimated to be worth £20,000. The initiative fits in with SLIC’s National Strategy for School Libraries which aims to showcase the impact an excellent library service can have in Scotland’s schools.
The comic-style novel reflects on the role that women have played in shaping the current political climate over the past century. It features illustrated snapshots of women from each decade of the last 100 years, alongside stories that highlight details of their efforts and achievements.
SLIC CEO, Pamela Tulloch, said: “Even in the age of the internet, books remain a key learning resource in schools and the vibrancy of “We shall fight until we win” will certainly make it stand out on library shelves.
“The comic style and colourful design really brings the stories to life and gives them a fresh feel which helps make the historical content relevant to young people’s lives today. I’m sure the books will be enjoyed by girls and boys alike in Scottish schools for many years to come and I’d like to thank 404ink and BHP Comics for their generosity.”
The collaborative project between the two publishers not only draws attention to women that deserve recognition, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Mhairi Black, it also brings together a diverse range of contributors from a variety of disciplines.
Sha Nazir, art director and publisher at BHP Comics, said: “We're really pleased to be in a position to donate these books and get them into the hands of new readers. The graphic anthology is an important piece of learning, designed in an easy to read and fun format."
In addition to celebrating the great strides in politics women have made over the past century and showcasing them as role models for the future, “We shall fight until we win” also acts as a reminder to young girls that there is still work to be done.
The donation has been praised by the Scottish Government with Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie adding: “International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, and to remind ourselves that the rights women now have were hard won and we should never take the progress we have made for granted.
“Equality for women is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s vision for a fairer Scotland, where women and girls of all ages and backgrounds are empowered to exercise equal rights and opportunities.
“To achieve gender equality, we need to come together and support each other, making sure women from all backgrounds are represented and have their voices heard.
“Projects like this are important to help share stories of women’s struggles and success throughout history. This will help inform and inspire our young people and future generations, as well as helping us to continue to challenge gender stereotypes, including in early years and education settings.”
The books will be available in secondary school libraries throughout Scotland from this week. SLIC works to promote A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland to highlight to decision makers the intrinsic value of a good school library service and the impact this can have on children and young people’s wider school experience. It also informs headteachers, school librarians and education practitioners on how to utilise their school library services.