Mary Cronk and Lynn Genevieve
Glasgow Women’s Library is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events and learning opportunities. They have generously agreed to house ARM’s extensive archive which includes independent midwives’ clinical records.
To mark their 30th birthday last year, they launched a new fundraising initiative, Women on the Wall, to help them in their ongoing work towards building a sustainable, green future.
Women on the Wall fundraising will help them to achieve their aims whilst honouring women* who have made their own positive impact on the world. Nominated names feature in the fabric of the beautiful building – facing a wall that features a work by poet and author Jackie Kay which reads:
“You turned to life and to hope – After the long haul.” Women on the Wall will be a wall of beauty, professionally designed and immaculately executed in environmentally sound materials. The names of women featuring on the wall will have further information shared about them on a dedicated section of our website.
(*All women-only opportunities and events at GWL are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.)
ARM will be making a donation for Mary Cronk to be a Woman on the Wall. Mary was an inspirational midwife who was born in Glasgow coming from a strong radical tradition. Her father was a shop steward on Clydeside and her mother worked for the Co-operative Society in Gourock. Mary became one of the best-known midwife teachers in the world having an instinctive empathy of being ‘with woman’. She was amongst the founders of ARM and her extensive and historic midwifery records form the first deposit in the GWL of our archive.
If anyone else would like to contribute to this donation, please visit our special donation page: https://donorbox.org/women-on-the-wall-mary-cronk
ARM’s summer meeting will be held at The Women’s library in Glasgow – further information will be published in the June/summer issue of Midwifery Matters and on our website and social media channels.
For further information about the work of The Women’s Library visit their website https://womenslibrary.org.uk
This article first appeared in Midwifery Matters Spring 2022 – Issue 172