NANCY ASTOR – POVERTY, PHILANTHROPY AND PLYMOUTH
Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth PL1 4EL
Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
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 against 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.
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.
Your ticket includes entry and one tea or coffee per person.
£3 per person / Pay on the door or book in advance / 01752 395028 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)