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Women Hold Up Half the Sky:

Selected Speeches of Nicola Sturgeon

Edited by Robert Davidson


The first ever selected speeches of Scotland’s First Minister will be published in hardback this May, just days after the Scottish Parliament election.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky will enlighten a contemporary audience on the thinking and values of this significant world leader.

In this selection of her speeches, given between November 2014 when she took office and February 2020 after Scotland’s removal from the European Union, Nicola Sturgeon considers such diverse matters as gender and other equalities, the climate crisis, education, and human rights. Published independently of the Scottish National Party and Scottish Government, this collection focuses on the importance of good government and Scotland’s place in the world.

The speeches were delivered in locations between California and Beijing, in venues as different as the World Bank in New York and the Pearce Institute in Govan. Taken together they show a side of Nicola Sturgeon that is too often missed in public discourse. Thoughtful, progressive, compassionate, as well as passionately committed to the cause of Scottish independence, she is as pragmatic on matters of economic strategy as she is progressive on social issues.

One of the world’s most experienced political leaders, Nicola Sturgeon was elected First Minister of Scotland in November 2014, having served in the Scottish Parliament since its inception in 1999.

With its viewpoint looking outwards from the Scottish Parliament, rather than looking at it, Women Hold Up Half the Sky will be recognised as a landmark publication in Scottish political literature.

Publication is scheduled for Monday May 10th 2021, four days after the Scottish Parliament election on Thursday May 6th.

Publication date: 10/05/2021
ISBN: 9781913207601
Format: Demy hardback
Price: £15.99

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Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson