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Fundraising campaign extended for statue of first sitting female MP, American Nancy Astor
2019 marks 100 years since American expat Lady Astor became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons
UPDATE: The Crowdfunder Campaign to raise a statue to Nancy Astor, the first woman MP to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament - and an American! - has been extended to January 30, 2019. Please do support the cause!
Article first published in the Jan/Feb 2019 edition of The American magazine
An appeal has been launched to raise a statue to the first female MP to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament - and that MP was an American, Nancy Astor!
The appeal has been backed by Theresa May, at the time of writing the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who said, “As the first woman to take her seat in Parliament, Nancy Astor paved the way for the many - but still too few - women who have followed in her footsteps over the last hundred years... I am proud to serve as the UK’s second female Prime Minister in a Parliament with more female MPs than ever before. But I want that number to continue to grow - so I am proud to support this initiative to mark the centenary of Nancy Astor’s election with a statue, and hope it will inspire new generations of women and girls to play their full part in our democracy.”
Lady Astor took her seat in 1919 so the statue will be in place on Plymouth Hoe in her constituency, on November 28th 2019, the centenary of her election.
The statue will be funded by public donations. Different levels of donation will be rewarded by tickets to the VIP unveiling of the statue and champagne reception, having your name or a loved one’s on an engraved stone around the statue, and having the name of a child, their photo and hopes and dreams for the future to be placed inside a time capsule. You can donate to the appeal at www.ladyastorstatue100.co.uk