Lady Astor 100 Statue Campaign

Nancy Astor: 100 years since first woman was elected and took seat in Commons

Plymouth was the first constituency to elect a woman who took her seat, sending Nancy Astor to the Commons in 1919.

Exactly a century ago, the first woman who took her seat in the Commons was elected as an MP.

It was on 15 November 1919 that Nancy Astor won Plymouth, and two weeks later she entered parliament.

It came about a year after women won the right to stand in elections as well as to vote, and while 17 women stood the first time around, it was only Lady Astor who then took a seat.

Constance Markiewicz, who won for Sinn Fein, never took her place in the Commons.

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