On International Women’s Day March 8th , Jane Hutt AM joined fellow AMs in the newly formed Assembly Labour Women’s Group to launch a bid for improved recognition of Wales’ influential women.
Across Wales, the overwhelming majority of blue plaques highlight men’s achievements with the local exception of Dorothy Rees-the first woman MP for Barry. So the group came up with the idea of acknowledging the achievements of women via purple plaques.
The first plaque will recognise the work of women’s rights campaigner, former director of Shelter Cymru and the Equal Opportunities Commission Wales and admired former Swansea East AM Val Feld who died in 2001.
“There have been so many remarkable, inspiring women in Wales who’ve contributed greatly in fields from politics to science to literature. It’s entirely right they should be publicly acknowledged and the purple plaque scheme will do a great deal to encourage this. In the Vale of Glamorgan and Barry alone there have been so many influential women that the Vale Council launched a trail in 2013 to commemorate their achievements.
Indeed, I recently presented the Audrey Jones awards at the Wales Assembly of Women conference-Audrey was one of our many influential Vale women-an inspiring teacher and courageous women’s rights campaigner.”
Photo shows Jane Hutt AM at the launch of the purple plaques scheme with Sue Essex, Ann Jones AM, Jayne Bryant AM, Anne Cox, Bethan Jenkins AM, Hannah Blythin AM, Julie Morgan AM, Dawn Bowden AM, Jenny Rathbone AM, Julie James AM, Joyce Watson AM, Rhinannon Passmore AM and Eluned Morgan AM with photograph of Val Feld