Ireland's Constance Markievicz becomes the 1st woman elected to the British Parliament

14th December 1918
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In the General Election of 1918 Constance (née Gore-Booth) Markiewicz was the first woman to be elected to the British House of Commons (elected as MP for the St. Patrick’s Division of Dublin). However, as a member of Sinn Féin, she refused to take her seat.

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(The first women to take her seat was, in fact, Viscountess Nancy Astor, after a by-election in December 1919).