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IWA Coffee Shop Debate @ Chapter - with Angela V. John

12th November 2013

Chapter, Canton, Cardiff 6.30pm - 7.30pm

'Breaching the Male Bastion: Lady Rhondda and Big Business in the 1920s' with Angela V. John
Angela V. John will talk about the pioneering businesswoman Lady Rhondda, described by the New York press in 1927 as 'The foremost woman of business in the British Empire'. She  had inherited the many businesses of her industrialist father, the Welshman D.A.Thomas. But she also began her own ventures, most notably the immensely influential weekly paper 'Time and Tide' designed to appeal to the thinking woman and man. She held more directorships than any other woman in the UK in the 1920s and became the first (and to date only) female president of the Institute of Directors.  By discussing how she handled her highly unusual position, Angela will raise questions about how - and whether - women's business lives have changed fundamentally.
Lady Rhondda is the subject of Angela's latest biography  'Turning the Tide: The Life of Lady Rhondda 1883-1958' published by Parthian this September.

Angela is Honorary Professor of History at Aberystwyth University, lives in Pembrokeshire and is the author of ten books, five of which are biographies.   

To register your place please call the IWA on 029 2066 0820 or email

Entry is free