The role of women's reading groups


  • Heather Fotheringham University of the Highlands and Islands



gender representation, Imposter syndrome, women, reading groups


The women’s reading group has played different roles throughout history: as a vehicle for education and self-improvement; as a place to network and build social capital; as a political space in which to discuss feminism and reflect on female identity. In this think piece the author considers how a contemporary example of a women’s reading group at the University of the Highlands and Islands performs many of these historical functions.

Author Biography

Heather Fotheringham, University of the Highlands and Islands

Heather Fotheringham is Evidence-based Enhancement Lead at the University of the Highlands and Islands.  She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Leeds and has worked in teaching, research, staff development and quality enhancement.


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