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South West Improves Representation of Women by 100%

Nov. 15, 2019

image: Plymouth Herald. Lead campaigner Alex Bowater

Only this week  I was looking at the 'Mary Anning Rocks' campaign site and was saddened by the fact that, when it was written, there was only one statue ( a bust of Agatha Christie ) to a named woman in the whole of the South West. Today I see that this month there will be a statue erected to Nancy Astor, our first female MP to take her seat in Parliament.

image: Plymouth Herald. Nancy Thomson Head of Metalwork

The campaign held an appeal, launched by Plymouth Women in Business Networking, to fund a statue. Impressively, they raised £131,000 in three months! The aim was to have the statue in place in time for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Lady Astor's election in November this year. It is to be unvieled on November 28th on Plymouth Hoe. In tandem with this new statue a new Intercity Express Train will also be named after the first female MP.

https://www.ladyastorstatue100.co.uk

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/work-build-nancy-astor-statue-2939767