Nancy Astor – 100 Years On

in 1919 Nancy Astor took her seat in parliament – representing
Plymouth Sutton.

She was the first woman ever to sit in the house of commons after the 1918 Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed allowing women to put them selves forward in elections.


No doubt backed by countless women during the voting period, Nancy being elected was a landmark achievement (despite many men still disagreeing with the new rule) as it certainly set the path to come which has allowed many women (including our current prime minister) to take part in parliament.

Now 100 years on, many people, particularly in the Plymouth area are planning to build a statue plus hold other memorials to celebrate her achievements.