JK Rowling contributes to new feminist book on struggle against SNP’s trans agenda

J.K. Rowling at the 2017 Bafta Awards
The Harry Potter author disclosed she had written an essay for the book - John Phillips/Getty Images Europe

JK Rowling has contributed to a new book about feminists’ struggle against the SNP’s trans agenda and how they helped trigger Nicola Sturgeon’s “downfall”.

The Harry Potter author disclosed she had written an essay for the book titled The Women Who Wouldn’t Wheesht, which she explained “means ‘be quiet’ or ‘hush up’.”

Due to be published on May 30, the book’s synopsis states: “It is the story of women who risked their job, reputation, even the bonds of family and friendship, to make their voices heard, and ended up - unexpectedly - contributing to the downfall of Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first woman first minister.”

Ms Rowling’s chapter explains “why she used her global reach to stand up for women”, with the author regularly posting messages on the issue to her 14.2 million followers on X, formerly Twitter.

She has repeatedly argued that trans women are not women and should not have access to female safe spaces, such as changing rooms.

The author tweeted: “I’m very proud to have contributed an essay to this book, alongside many women I’m proud to call my friends.” It has been compiled by Lucy Hunter Blackburn, eminent policy analyst, and Susan Dalgety, a writer and journalist.

Other contributors include Ash Regan, who became the first SNP government minister to resign “on a question of principle” after she refused to back Ms Sturgeon’s controversial gender self-ID reforms.

Ms Regan, who has since defected to Alex Salmond’s Alba Party, quit in Oct 2022 as Community Safety Minister, saying her conscience would not allow her to support the plans.

The Gender Recognition Reform (GRR) Bill would have allowed Scots to change their legal gender by simply signing a statutory declaration, dropping the requirement for a formal medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

It was later vetoed by the UK Government over concerns it undermined women’s rights and safety.

Trans prisoner scandal

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) previously sent trans prisoners to jails that aligned with their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

The practice was exposed when Isla Bryon, who was previously known as Adam Graham, was transported to the Cornton Vale women’s jail in 2023 after being convicted of two rapes.

In another contribution to the book, Rhona Hotchkiss, former prison governor, describes how changes in prison policy in Scotland led to the Bryson scandal.

Joanna Cherry, an SNP MP and a high-profile critic of Ms Sturgeon’s self-ID policy, has also written an essay for the book on “how she risked her political career for her beliefs.”

The synopsis also states: “On the 25th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament, this book captures an important moment in contemporary history: how a grassroots women’s movement, harking back to the suffragettes and second wave feminists of the 1970s and 1980s, took on the political establishment - and changed the course of history.

“Through a collection of over thirty essays and photographs, some of the women involved tell the story of the five-year campaign to protect women’s sex-based rights.”