Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Women delegates to Scottish Trade Unions Congress in Dundee., 1911

image from Red Clydeside collection

The women pictured are left to right, Jeanie Spence (Jute and Flax workers, Dundee), Miss. Lamont (National Federation of Women Workers), Agnes Brown (National Federation of Women Workers), Mary McArthur (National Federation of Women Workers) and Rachel Devine (Jute and Flax Workers, Dundee).

This is the first known photograph of women delegates to the STUC, previously all women appearing in photographs of STUC congresses were the wives of male delegates and not official delegates in there own right.

Mary McArthur, pictured third from the right, was a native of Glasgow and at the time of this photograph was the national leader and general secretary of the National Federation of Women Workers. Mary McArthur was to become one of the most outstanding women of the labour and trade union movement in Great Britain.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives