As part of the Badges of Honour project, the Glasgow Women’s Library has been collecting and showcasing women’s badges and the stories which lie behind them.
This badge collection gives us an insight into the lives of women who wore these badges, why they were worn, when they were sometimes too frightened to wear them, and when they were worn with pride.
GWL has widely interpreted the term badges to include items such as brooches and pocket watches as they, like traditional badges, have also been worn with pride to broadcast a particular message.
This was an important slogan for Lesbian Feminists in the 70s and the idea behind this badge was that heterosexual women would also wear this badge with pride to demonstrate solidarity with Lesbians across the movement.
“In the 1970s not only did everyone who was political wear a badge – they had several! … The politics were written upon the person”
This exhibition has been curated by GWL Volunteer Sorcha Turnbull.