Wales’ first ever Purple Plaque unveiled to highlight achievements of remarkable Welsh women

March 06, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Wales' first ever Purple Plaque to celebrate the achievements of remarkable Welsh women was unveiled today, March 6, at the National Assembly for Wales – ahead of International Women's Day on March 8.

The campaign was the brainchild of a group of Labour women Assembly Members, spearheaded by Julie Morgan, AM for Cardiff North, and Jane Hutt, AM for the Vale of Glamorgan.
The plaque marks the life of equality campaigner and former Swansea East AM Val Feld who died in 2001. Val was the first Director of Shelter Cymru and head of the Equal Opportunities Commission Wales.

Welsh Labour deputy leadership candidate Julie Morgan, who was instrumental in starting the Purple Plaques campaign, said: “It appears from our research that there is a paltry number of blue plaques for women in Wales. As far as we can tell there are only around a dozen and at least 200 for men. There may be more that we don’t know about but it’s definitely nowhere near equal representation. You could be forgiven for thinking the women of Wales haven’t had much impact on our cultural, political and scientific life. This is really not the case and we think it’s about time to blow the trumpet for some of our unsung female heroes. I hope this will be the first of many purple plaques across the whole of Wales.”