Rachel Reeves & Micky Astor
100 Years of Women in Parliament
In 1919, Nancy Astor was elected the first female Member of Parliament, a year after some but not all women in England were given the vote. In the century since, 489 women have been elected to Parliament, Britain has had two woman prime ministers, and female MPs have made gender equality part of mainstream legislation. Rachel Reeves MP discusses Nancy Astor’s legacy and the remarkable history of women in Parliament with Astor’s grandson Micky Astor and journalist Melissa Benn.