Plaque for Merthyr’s Ursula Masson unveiled at International Women’s Day ceremony
Wales’ second purple plaque was unveiled at Merthyr Central Library
A Purple Plaque for Merthyr-born feminist historian and scholar, Ursula Masson, was unveiled in the town at midday on International Women’s Day – Friday 8th March.
In partnership with Chwarae Teg and Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Plaques for Women unveiled the second Purple Plaque from the campaign created to improve the recognition of remarkable women in Wales at Merthyr Central library.
The plaque commemorates Merthyr born feminist historian, Ursula Masson who achieved outstanding results in promoting the role of women in Wales, both currently and historically.
Ursula was the founding member of the Department of Gender Studies at the now University of South Wales and of the Women’s Archive of Wales. Born into the Merthyr Tydfil Irish community, Ursula O’Connor attended Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School and Cardiff University. She worked as a journalist on the Sydney Morning Herald from 1969 to 1972. She did her MA at the University of Keele, funded by a bursary from Margaret Stewart Taylor, Merthyr’s first female chief librarian. Her dissertation was on Irish immigration to Merthyr. After working in adult education in Swansea she moved to Treforest. Here she had particular interest in women’s history and feminism.
The unveiling event in Merthyr on 8th March included speeches from Jane Hutt AM, Julie Morgan AM and local Assembly Member Dawn Bowden AM.
The plaque was unveiled at Merthyr Tydfil’s Central Library by Helen Molyneux, Niece of Ursula Masson and member of the Monumental Welsh Women group.