Who was Lady Nancy Astor? Westminster history

“I wanted the world to get better and I knew it couldn’t get better if it’s going to be ruled by men. Matter of fact, I think it’s amazing how well the men did for 2000 years considered they tried to do it alone!” – Lady Nancy Astor (1879 – 1964)

Who better to say such a bad-ass statement than the first female MP in British history?! Lady Nancy Astor defied the odds by achieving the great feat of becoming the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Parliament.

She fought for her husband’s old seat as MP for Plymouth Sutton and won with 51% of the vote! She fought for women and children’s rights alongside fellow virago woman Margaret McMillan.

Watch the video below to find out more about this remarkable woman!

Nancy Astor’s blue plaque is in Chelsea- if you’re looking for things to do in the spare why not check it out yourself! The plaque can be found at

4 St James’s Square, St James’s, London SW1Y 6JU, City of Westminster

By Folayemi Olorunselu

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