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HISTORY PUPILS INVITED TO ATTEND DR ELSIE INGLIS TALK

WW100 Scotland is offering secondary pupils the opportunity to attend a talk on Dr Elsie Inglis – a woman dedicated to developing the rights of women and to caring for those most in need in Scotland and overseas.

History teachers are invited to bring pupils to a talk to learn more about Dr Inglis on Monday 20 November in St Giles Cathedral.  The talk will begin at 10:00 am and be concluded by 11:00 am.   Places are limited so please book early.  For further information or to register please call Ann Wells on 0131 244 7548 or e-mail marion.morris@gov.scot.

Dr Inglis was born in 1864 and one of the first women of her time to train as a doctor.  She was shocked at how inadequate healthcare in Edinburgh was for the poor and particularly the maternity care for women and worked hard to improve conditions.  She was also a Suffragist and campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights through public talks.

When World War One broke out her achievements became international.  Despite advice from the War Office that her services as a doctor were not needed – because she was a woman – she set up Scottish Women’s Hospitals and took medical care behind the front lines.  November 2017 marks the centenary of her death.

Wounded French soldiers playing cards in a tented ward of a Scottish Women's Hospital unit, Salonika, 1916. © IWM (Q 31919)
Wounded French soldiers playing cards in a tented ward of a Scottish Women’s Hospital unit, Salonika, 1916. © IWM (Q 31919)