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The Dissonance and Diversity of Devolution Through the Lives of Women in Wales
Edited by Emma Schofield
In July 1998 the Government of Wales Act was passed, bringing the act of devolution in Wales into creation. As powers were transferred from the Westminster Government to the newly-formed Welsh Assembly, the lives of the people of Wales were irrevocably changed.
Twenty-five years later, this collection brings together leading voices from female writers, artists, commentators and academics to reflect on how devolution has affected them and altered our political and social landscapes. Here, a series of creative and personal responses explore the true impact of devolution on the lives of women living and working in Wales, from politics, to culture, to education, to healthcare and maternity. Looking as much to the future as it does to the past, the collection questions whether the Welsh Government has delivered on its promise to build a ‘feminist government’ for Wales and poses the question, what has devolution really meant for women in Wales?
Emma Schofield is the Editor of Wales Arts Review and an academic, commentator and writer who has published widely on literature, culture and politics in Wales. Her research centres on the connection and interplay between culture, devolution and national identity in Wales, with an additional focus on the role of women within contemporary Wales. Emma features as a regular contributor to shows across BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4 and teaches at Cardiff University.