What were the consequences?

Women and parliament: Constance Markiewicz and Nancy Astor


Nancy Astor (1879-1964) became famous as the first woman in Parliament, as MP for Plymouth Sutton, but she has overshadowed the first woman who actually won a seat in a parliamentary election.


Countess Constance Markiewicz (1868-1927) was a revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist who was the first woman elected to Parliament in December 1918. Constance was, however, a radical Irish nationalist and did not take her seat in the House of Commons in common with other Republican candidates. She became one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position.