Sue Innes

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Sue Innes
Born4 May 1948 Edit this on Wikidata
Died24 February 2005 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 56)
Alma mater
OccupationJournalist, writer, historian, researcher, teacher, artist Edit this on Wikidata

Susan Innes (4 May 1948 – 24 February 2005)[1][2] was a British journalist, writer, historian, researcher, teacher, artist and feminist campaigner.[1][2][3]

Family life and education[edit]

Susan (Sue) Innes was born 4 May 1948 in Weymouth, Dorset, the daughter of Jean Corbin, housewife, and Alec Innes, a professional gardener.[1] She was raised in North Wales and in Peterhead, the hometown of her father.[1]

She went to Peterhead Academy and to Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen,[2] which she gave up in the late 1960s, travelling to San Francisco to join the hippy movement.[1]

She became an activist in the second-wave feminist movement as she started studying English and philosophy[2] at the University of St. Andrews in 1970.[1] She was editor of the university newspaper Aien.[1][3] In St. Andrews she met John (later Jo) Clifford, Scottish playwright and her lifelong partner.[1][3] Sue Innes and Jo Clifford had two daughters[1] in 1980 and 1985.[3]


After her graduation, Sue Innes worked as a journalist to BBC Radio, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.[1]

She returned to Academia in 1993 and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1998 with a PhD in the areas of politics, history and sociology.[1]

She published her book Making It Work: women, change and challenge in the 1990s in 1995.[1][2]

She died on 24 February 2005,[1] as the result of a brain tumour.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The new biographical dictionary of Scottish women. Ewan, Elizabeth. Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474436298. OCLC 1057237368.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Sue Innes". The Independent. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sue Innes, Writer and feminist campaigner". The Scotsman. Retrieved 8 March 2019.