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Suffragette and Activist Jessie Stephen: A Life Remembered by Jean Corston

We are delighted to post this piece by the Rt Hon the Baroness Corston, on her memories of the suffragette and Labour activist Jessie Stephen (1893-1979). I first came across Jessie Stephen in June 1976.  It was just a month … Continue reading Suffragette and Activist Jessie Stephen: A Life Remembered by Jean Corston

When meeting a new woman MP was no longer a rarity for us staff! Recollections of the impact of the May 1997 election

Guest post by Oonagh Gay On 1 May 1997 120 women MPs were elected; exactly double the number elected in 1992 and representing 18.2 per cent of all MPs, 71 of these MPs were new. For House of Commons Library staff, suddenly, it was no longer a rarity to meet a woman MP. Previously, it was possible to recognise each woman MP and name their constituency without much difficulty. Suddenly there was a host of younger, unfamiliar, female faces to process. 101 of those 120 women elected were Labour, reflecting the landslide majority achieved by their Party, and the positive … Continue reading When meeting a new woman MP was no longer a rarity for us staff! Recollections of the impact of the May 1997 election