Remarkable Women of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney – Merthyr Rising 2018
The weekend of the Merthyr Rising Festival 2018 is upon us and I look forwards to welcoming Labour movement colleagues from near and far to the town.
I am speaking in a debate later today about women and politics. When I was asked some mome months ago about this I didn’t want to be stereotyped in just talking about equality, or the lack of progress in equality. So as this is a Festival I wanted to strike a more celebratory feel to my contribution.
So to coincide with my talk I am publishing a short pamphlet about the “Remarkable Women of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney”.
Working on this pamphlet has been really useful reminder about the contribution of so many women to our community. From the women of the Rising of 1831 – especially Joan Jenkins and Margaret Davies who were in the court alongside Dic Penderyn, to the first woman who became Mayor of this Borough in 1928 – Mary Ann Edmunds, Marion Jones a union activist who fought for equal pay in the Hoover factory and the women who today have plaques in the Redhouse – Old Town Hall: Prof Julie Williams, Rose Mary Crawshay, Charlotte Guest, Luara Ashley and Ursulla Masson.
The pamphlet seeks to contribute to the centenary of women’s suffrage and to spark debate about why women are the forgotten gender of our communities? Is a matter of gender or of class?
Take a read and let me know. And as the conclusion states any additions, corrections or amendments are very welcome using the contact details provided.
(I am arranging to have the pamphlet produced bilingually).