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Plaque celebrating suffragist Charlotte Price White unveiled in Bangor

(Image: Plaid Cymru)

A plaque has been unveiled honouring the life of Charlotte Price White— a leading activist in the suffragist movement of the north.

Although born in Briggart, Scotland, Ms Price White came to Bangor to train as a 'teacher of science' at Bangor University. She married the Welsh international footballer Price White and gave birth to two children, including Caernarvon Boroughs MP David Price-White.

Reacting to the event, Plaid Cymru MS Siân Gwenllian said that the life of Charlotte Price White is a reminder that "real change is needed to achieve gender equality".

The small ceremony, held in line with Covid-19 regulations, was attended by the Welsh Government Minister for Social Justice—Jane Hutt MS—and the Member of the Senedd for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian.

Ms Gwenllian said: “I was delighted to be part of a celebration at Bangor recently to note the achievements of Charlotte Price White, a prominent Suffragist who walked to London during the Suffrage Pilgrimage of 1913.

“I felt personally indebted to her and hundreds like her who fought so hard for women’s rights. I also felt a little sad. So much has been achieved but inequalities persist.

“Only around a quarter of county councillors are women; I served as the only woman on Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet; I am the first woman to represent the Arfon constituency. When women are absent from public life, women’s voices and priorities are absent too.

“Even at the Senedd, I am in a minority. Of the 60 members, there are 26 women and 34 men. Of the 13 Plaid Cymru Members of the Senedd, 8 are men, 5 are women.”

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