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Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman member of parliament to take her seat in Britain’s House of Commons, having been elected as MP for Plymouth two days earlier

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was an American-born British politician and the first female Member of Parliament (MP) to take her seat on 1 December 1919. Astor was an American citizen who moved to England at age 26 and married Waldorf Astor.

The first woman to be elected to the Commons was Constance Markievicz, in the general election of 1918. However as a member of Sinn Fein, she did not take her seat.

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Date written/update: 2019-11-25