8 May 2018
A UNIVERSITY of South Wales (USW) student is on a list of 100 exceptional Welsh Women – one of whom will be immortalised as the first outdoor historical statue in central Cardiff later this year.
The Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales today revealed the 100-strong list to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918,
WEN has selected 50 women from the past who made a big impact on Welsh life, and 50 inspiring women currently shaping Wales, to recognise their contribution to our national life.
Martha Holman, who is studying for an MA SEN/ALN (Additional Learning Needs) at USW, is one of those included on the list, which was launched at the Senedd in Cardiff.
From the first Welsh female MP, suffragettes, anti-slavery campaigners, poets and medical pioneers, the shortlist includes women who have made waves in arts, business, education, politics, social reform, public services, sport, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Martha said that being on the list has been an amazing experience.
“Having lived in Wales for many years, I am honoured to be recognised as part of my adopted country,” she said.
“It’s extremely humbling to stand alongside 99 women with amazing stories and know that I am being remembered with them.”
Catherine Fookes, Director of WEN Wales, said: “Our 100 Welsh women have made great contributions to politics, language, culture and industry in Wales. There are some well-known figures on the list, but it’s likely there are some names that people don’t know as we want to celebrate unsung heroes too.
“We hope the 100 will inspire people to learn more about these women and how they have shaped our history and be role models for today’s young women.
“We want to encourage more conversations around the impact women have had on shaping the nation, not just in this centenary year but moving into the next 100 years.”
In September, 50 of the historical women will be whittled down to five by a panel and put to public vote to decide which of the legendary women will be cast in iron on Central Square in Cardiff.
Helen Molyneux, entrepreneur and member of the Monumental Welsh Women group, added: “‘The drive to erect statues of ‘real’ women is not just about celebrating individual women, so much as normalising the achievements and successes of women,
Men who do great things get statues. Women should be afforded the same acknowledgement.
“The more statues there are, the less extraordinary they become.”
To find out more information on each of the women featured on the 100 Welsh Women list, visit 100WelshWomen.wales it features illustrations of the women created by students at the USW.
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