Nancy Astor and Her Plymouth Circle of Women
21st May @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm£4.00
When Nancy came to Plymouth, she came to a place that already had a tradition of independent and powerful women, activists for their fellow Plymothians. She soon formed friendships with women like Miss Fanny Gage-Goodfellow, noted for her Waifs and Strays Teas, and Mrs (Louie) Simpson, noted for her efforts to help Barbican mothers and infants. By the time of her election as MP for Plymouth Sutton, she had a strong circle of Plymouth Powerful Women around her. Nancy’s achievements, both nationally and above all locally in Plymouth, came about because – as she herself stressed – she was able to work closely with her Plymouth Circle of Women. Close allies and coadjutors in her work included figures like Mrs Clara Daymond, Mrs Jacquetta Marshall (Plymouth’s first woman Lord Mayor), Dr Mabel Ramsay and others less well known today like Evelyn Latham, MBE, and Mary Bayly. This talk explores the ways in which Nancy and her Plymouth Circle of Women collaborated and promoted initiatives which have helped to shape the Plymouth of 2020, from Mayflower 300 in 1920 on.
Additionally, at the start of the Lecture, Penny Tarrant of the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum will present the top 30 names from the long list of Plymouth Powerful Women 1919-2019, chosen by a community vote open to the public between 20 April and 18 May via the project facebook page or email. These names, generated for the HLF-funded 100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women project, will be used to develop the first heritage trail around Plymouth focused on women of the last 100 years and their legacy for Plymouth. The trail will launch in September 2020.