Director's International Women's Day tribute to Jennie Lee
On International Women’s Day, Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland, has paid tribute to the legacy of Jennie Lee, the late Fifer and MP who helped found The Open University.
When Jennie (pictured right) was first elected to the House of Commons in 1929, she was its youngest member. Her career included being appointed as the first ever UK Minister for the Arts.
Susan (pictured below right) said: “Jennie Lee was an incredible woman. She had extraordinary vision and was elected at the age of only 24, at a time when women didn’t even have the vote until they were 30.
“She was someone who broke down barriers throughout her life then she started breaking down barriers for other people across the entirety of Scotland, the UK and the world, by helping found The OU.
“We’ve been going for almost 50 years now, thanks to Jennie Lee and at the heart of everything we do in Open University is the idea that everyone should be able to study at university – access for all.
“We’ve got a lot to thank Jennie Lee for.
“And it’s particularly fitting that we should pay tribute to Jennie Lee on International Women’s Day.”
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Find out more about International Women’s Day here.