Welcome to the Lady Astor Statue Appeal to build a statue of the first lady of British politics to commemorate 100 years since she became the UK’s first female MP. Lady Astor changed the course of history by becoming the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons after she was elected MP for Plymouth Sutton in November 1919.
Her historic achievement paved the way for the fairer democracy we see in Britain today but so far there is no statue of her in Plymouth. We would love your help to change that and to celebrate 100 years since the first woman walked the corridors of power, representing the men, women and children of Plymouth.
The Crowdfunder campaign is NOW LIVE to raise funds to create a lasting legacy of her achievements by creating a statue of Lady Astor to be sited on Plymouth Hoe.
This will be a reminder in perpetuity of her achievements not only as Plymouth’s first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons, but also as the UK’s first female MP to enter Parliament.
2018 marked the 100th anniversary of some women being given the right to vote and 2019 will be an equally important year as we build up to the centenary of Lady Astor’s election.
The campaign for a statue of Lady Astor is a cross-party, cross-organisational campaign supported by Plymouth City Council, the Real Ideas Organisation, Bowater Communications, The University of Reading and Plymouth Women in Business.
Please click here if you would like more information or if you would like to help.