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Wonderful Welsh Women.

4 Apr 2022

The group Monumental Welsh Women is behind the creation of this statue by sculptor, Emma Rodgers, of Dr Elaine Morgan unveiled on the 18th March 2022 outside the Tŷ Calon Lân Medical Centre in Mountain Ash. Elaine was an award-winning author, TV writer, lecturer and scientific rebel. Ms Hitt, who sits on the Monumental Women committee - a group that aims to deliver five public statues of real women in five years - said a statue of Dr Morgan would help inspire future generations: "Elaine for me particularly represented the valleys woman. She came from the humbleness of backgrounds, a miner's daughter, and yet changed the world."  When she went for a university interview she was mistaken for a cleaner because of her accent, but that did not deter her. She lived most of her life in Mountain Ash and was awarded the freedon of Rhondda Cynon Taf just months before her death at 92. Ms Hitt said Dr Morgan was one of the most brilliant intellects Wales has ever produced. "She had a huge impact on me as a valleys girl and proved that it didn't matter where you came from, you could aim high. I really hope her spirit will live on in this statue, and young girls will walk past her in Mountain Ash for generations and they'll be inspired by her too."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-60787095