NICOLA Sturgeon is set to make a significant donation to Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) from her time as the first female First Minister of Scotland.

The outgoing SNP leader and vocal feminist will hand over her official commission to be first minister to become part of the permanent collection based in Bridgeton.

The GWL is the UK’s only accredited museum dedicated to the lives, histories and achievements of women.

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Sturgeon, who previously described the GWL as “truly [a] national treasure”, bestowed the organisation with her personal commission, adding that she hoped it would inspire more women to get involved in politics.

The MSP received this for her initial appointment as First Minister in 2014 marking the first time a woman had ever held the role.

A formal copy of the document which confirmed Sturgeon’s appointment as FM, was officially sealed in August 2016 by the National Records of Scotland.

The National: The FM is a keen supporter of the Glasgow Women's LibraryThe FM is a keen supporter of the Glasgow Women's Library (Image: Glasgow Women's Library)

Sturgeon made the donation to the library to commemorate International Women’s Day.

The First Minister said: “Glasgow Women’s Library is such a unique and special place that not only dedicates itself to sharing the histories and achievements of women throughout the ages - but also makes a difference to the lives of women today, by offering excellent resources, advice and support.

“It is an honour to be able to share a piece of my own personal history with the Library.

“Hopefully this donation will encourage more women to get involved in politics, and to forge their own path in their lives and their careers whatever field they are in.

“When women are able to contribute in our society by sharing their talents, skills, ideas and unique perspectives, we all benefit.

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"As the first female First Minister of Scotland, I’m proud to have played even just a small part in contributing to the history of trailblazing Scottish women.”

Sue John, co-director of Glasgow Women’s Library, added: “We are honoured that the First Minister has chosen to donate her commission to become first minister to Glasgow Women’s Library. This is not only an incredibly significant item in itself, but it is also symbolic for us as it marks the first female - and feminist - First Minister of Scotland.”

The National understands the First Minister is due to donate the commission in person on Tuesday evening. 

The Commission of the First Minister is on display as part of the exhibition Donor Stories at Glasgow Women’s Library until 29th April 2023 and can be viewed during opening hours.