The Criccieth community welcomed people from far and wide, who all came together on International Day of the Girl (11.10.19) to celebrate the life and legacy of Megan Lloyd George.
Wales’ third Purple Plaque was unveiled in her honour at Bryn Awelon Nursing Home, a former home of the family, by family members Elizabeth George and Bengy Ceri Evans, 94, a nephew to Lady Megan. A celebratory gathering followed at the town’s Memorial Hall.
The Purple Plaques campaign, which is run by a group of volunteers and led by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg, aims to improve the recognition of remarkable women in Wales, commemorate their achievements and cement their legacy in Welsh history.
Megan Lloyd George became the first female MP for a Welsh constituency, Anglesey, from 1929-1951 and later Carmarthen from 1957-1966. Throughout this time she championed women in significant ways.
During her maiden speech she spoke about rural housing and the impact that poor housing was having on women on Anglesey, such as the higher death rate from TB among women compared with men.
She campaigned for equal pay and demanded that the Government did more to give women a responsible role in the war effort.
She was also a member of the National Eisteddfod’s Gorsedd of Bards (1935) and the President of the Parliament for Wales campaign of the early 1950s.
Megan Lloyd George was nominated by Baroness Eluned Morgan AM and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in Wales.