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Nancy Astor

9 May 1879 – 2 May 1964

First woman to take her seat in the House of Commons (1919), society hostess, campaigner.


In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman.


Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.


Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.


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


One reason why I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time.


No one sex can govern alone. I believe that one of the reasons why civilization has failed so lamentably is that it has had one-sided government.


Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.


Nobody wants me as a Cabinet Minister and they are perfectly right. I am an agitator, not an administrator.


I should be a red hot communist in their conditions.

Referring to miners' conditions in South Wales, quoted by Harold Laski, Daily Herald 19 April 1930


What I hope is that we women will be able to act up to our beliefs irrespective of party politics. I see no political salvation until we do.

Letter to women's organisations after her election to parliament in 1919


How anyone who has seen the effect of the women's interest upon public affairs could believe in dictators, I can't conceive.

Saturday Evening Post, 4 March 1939


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