Lady Rhondda was a Newportonian of national significance who led an amazing life and fought for equal rights; yet there is no public memorial to her in her home city and we want that to change.
We intend to fundraise from February to May 2015 to raise enough money to put up a blue plaque, and host a lecture by her biographer Professor Angela V John in June 2015, to get people talking about Lady Rhondda again and to make sure that she continues to be remembered in Wales and beyond.
Be a part of the project by donating as little as £1 to help put a blue plaque on the house next to the post box that Lady Rhondda set on fire as part of the national suffragette campaign for votes for women.
If we go over our target, we will use any surplus towards another Newport civic project.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Because it is important that Lady Rhondda is not forgotten!
A blue plaque & lecture in her home city will raise public awareness about this remarkable Welsh woman for years to come. Here are some of Lady Rhondda's achievements:
•Secretary of the suffragette WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union).
•Arrested and imprisoned for her WSPU activity and went on hunger strike
•The first female president of the Institute of Directors
•Survived the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915
•Internationally renowned business woman
•Chief controller of women's recruitment in the Ministry of National Service during WW1
•Editor of & journalist at ‘Time and Tide’ magazine
•Founded the Six Point Group (calling for universal equal rights)
•President of Women's Press club
•Received an honorary doctorate from University of Wales
•Became 2nd Viscountess Rhondda on her father's death, and campaigned for decades for the right for herself and others to sit in the House of Lords
Steps to get it done:
Professor Angela V John will deliver a 1 hour lecture; 'A Survivor’s Tale: Lady Rhondda & the Sinking of the Lusitania’ at University of South Wales, Newport campus, 6pm on Friday 12th June 2015.
Just pledge a silver+ donation to receive a lecture ticket, in the centenary year of the sinking of the Lusitania. Your ticket will be emailed to you before the lecture. Book rewards will be given out at the lecture.
We have 2 copies of 'This was my world', Lady Rhondda's autobiography (although we're doing our best to source more), & our lecture room will seat 115 people, so get pledging as it's first come first served.
All rewards are subject to availability.
We also have corporate sponsorship opportunities for a drinks reception and a commemorative lecture programme- please get in touch with the project manager if you are a business that would like to get involved.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for being a part of this crowdfunder project.
Spread the word- we can do it!
About the space
The house next to the postbox Lady Rhondda set on fire.
Newport City Council