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‘THE WOMAN IS SURE TO GET IN’: NANCY ASTOR – POVERTY, PHILANTHROPY AND PLYMOUTH, a talk presented by Dr Judith Rowbotham
May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm£3
From the Institute for Social Policy and Enterprise Research #CHITCHAT research initiative.
As the first woman MP to take her seat, in 1919, Nancy Astor benefitted from the activities of the campaigners for votes for women, and yet she is not known for her support for the Cause. There is a seeming paradox of someone presumed to be hostile, certainly to the Suffragettes, being the first to take advantage of this franchise reform and standing in a constituency (Plymouth Sutton) where the majority of those actually able to vote were likely to be women, as so many of the male voters were at sea or deployed elsewhere. But in fact Nancy Astor (who had personal experience of the impact of poverty on family life from her early childhood) had long been politically astute, pushing her husband into politics and taking an active interest in local philanthropy – in itself a very political activity. This talk takes a fresh look at a remarkable woman whose impact on Plymouth – before and after 1919 – was significant.
£3 per person / Pay on the door or book in advance / 01752 395028 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) (price includes a tea or coffee)