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CLIP 966

How were the first women MPs treated?

How were the first women MPs treated?
Key Info
  • How were the first women MPs treated?
  • Duration: 01:59
  • An interview with Nancy Astor about her experiences as one of the first women MPs. She talks about her surprise that people were so accepting of her even though she was American. She recognised that she was there to represent more than just herself - women had campaigned long and hard for this recognition. She does not complain of the way in which she was treated by the male MPs, although it is obvious from a comment made to her by Winston Churchill that she was far from welcome in the House of Commons.
  • Subject:



    Women's History: Post-1850

  • Keywords: women MPs, Nancy Astor, Parliament, Winston Churchill
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could go from this clip to find out about the number of women MPs from that Parliament in 1918 through to the present day, and think about how much of a change that represents. They could then answer the question as to whether attitudes to women have changed or not, using evidence to support their answer.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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