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Nancy Astor

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. She was an American-born English socialite who made a second marriage to Waldorf Astor as a young woman in England. After he succeeded to the peerage and entered the House of Lords, she entered politics, in 1919 winning his former seat in Plymouth and becoming the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons.[Note 1] Her first husband was an American, Robert Gould Shaw II, and they divorced. She served in Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party for Plymouth Sutton until 1945, when she was persuaded to step down. (1879 – 1964)

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The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
Nancy Astor

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