Our Plymouth office has been supporting the campaign to raise a statue to Nancy Astor, the UK’s first Lady of politics, 100 years after she first took her seat in the Houses of Parliament
The campaign has now successfully raised £100,000 for a statue to be built in Plymouth of the first female MP.
Nancy was American and was known to many for being frank, outspoken and her approach was seen as refreshing. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton, fighting for the rights and safety of women and children, education, the people of the city, and equality throughout that time. At that time Plymouth had more women voters than men, having suffered greatly in WW1.
Our Centenary year also marks 100 years since the first female accountant was able to practice in the UK, whose story we will tell later in the year. 1919 really was a year of achievement and one that should be marked and remembered for those, like Nancy who paved the way to the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy today.