Margaret Wintringham, Mabel Philipson and Gwendolen Guinness

The next in our series on women MPs by the House of Commons Hansard Writing Team. Margaret Wintringham (1879-1955), Mabel Philipson (1887-1951) and Gwendolen Guinness (1881-1956) became MPs when they won by-elections in seats previously held by their husbands, following Nancy Astor who had also been elected to her husband’s seat. While not frequent speakers, they made a significant contribution to Parliament’s work by co-ordinating cross-party initiatives, supporting and opposing legislation, and breaking new ground as the first women to take up particular roles. Wintringham was the first British-born woman to take a seat in Parliament and the first female … Continue reading Margaret Wintringham, Mabel Philipson and Gwendolen Guinness

Women and Wales: Achieving Political Power

Our first post of 2019 is a guest post by Oonagh Gay, UK Vote 100 volunteer Inspirational women of Wales A couple of years ago a task force called Monumental Welsh Women  came together, and in May 2018 assisted  the Welsh Women’s Equality Network to draw up a list of 100 historical Welsh women who epitomised and illustrated the achievements, talents and successes of Welsh women over the years. They announced a campaign to establish a new statue of an inspirational Welsh woman, sponsored by the Welsh Government. The campaign highlighted the lack of available images in Wales of women … Continue reading Women and Wales: Achieving Political Power