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Target Reached for Lady Astor Statue
The campaign to place a statue of American MP and Parliament’s first sitting female MP reached £100,000
The campaign to build a statue of Lady Astor in Plymouth, England reached its Crowdfunder target of £100,000 over the weekend, securing the funding necessary to construct a fitting memorial to mark 100 years since she was elected as the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. The statue will also be a powerful reminder of Anglo-American history in the UK - Nancy Astor was born in Virginia, USA, before moving to the United Kingdom and later marrying Waldorf Astor.
The statue is scheduled to be unveiled on November 28, 2019, to mark the Centenary of the by-election in Plymouth Sutton which, on November 29, 1919, led to Astor's election as a Member of Parliament.
Congratulations to all those involved in the campaign, and a thank you to those who supported and made donations towards a statue which will celebrate Lady Astor's personal accomplishment, her importance to the role of women in British Politics, and of course the Special Relationship between the US and UK.
Fundraising is still open though, and the campaign's new stretch target of £125,000 would allow them to plan a "legacy project for the young women of Plymouth to help and encourage them to get involved in politics." - so if you can, do donate via: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lady-astor-statue-100-campaign