This feature documentary film (1hrs 42 mins), officially premiering online July 8, directed by Susan Kemp and produced by Shona Munro, is a rumination on how history, without us being particularly aware of it, so often closes over women’s achievements and renders them invisible.
By considering a story of 150 years ago with a story of today what is revealed is how active we have to be to make women present in our cultural, built and historical environments.
Over 150 years ago, a group of women entered the University of Edinburgh to study medicine, the first time this had happened anywhere in Britain. Popularly known as the Edinburgh Seven, they studied, they excelled but were prevented from graduating and becoming qualified doctors. All they had asked for was a ‘fair field and no favour’ but they were met with resistance and hostility. In 2016 all Carrie Gracie asked from the BBC was equal pay but she was met with equal resistance and hostility.
This timely documentary skilfully weaves the historical context of 1869 with events in the 21st century as it follows the fight for recognition and equality, and asks has anything changed?