March of Women: A Pageant of Great Women

Research output: Performances, compositions and other non-textual formsPerformance



Birch coined the term ‘living monument’ (Birch 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009) and applied it to March of Women (2015) to describe the embodied participation of Glasgow Women’s Library learners and staff, professional actors, creative team and crew and audience in a large-scale public performance event based on A Pageant of Great Women. The event was designed to draw attention to the newly relocated Glasgow Women’s Library and to engage with their women's suffrage archive to critically evaluate and evidence the hidden biographies of selected Scottish women suffrage activists.

Bibliographic note

A Pageant of Great Women (2011, 2015); one of the most famous and effective women’s suffrage plays in Britain, can be viewed here:


Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size35 mins
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 7 Mar 2015

Author keywords

  • history, local, gender, suffrage, archive, sash, banner, procession, march, participation, social engagement, spectacle