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This 12 months, Countess Constance Markievicz lastly took her place within the British Parliament.
A century after she grew to become the primary lady elected to the House of Commons, her portrait went on display there. It might be up till early October, to commemorate the anniversary of the acts of Parliament that allowed some ladies to vote and maintain workplace.
Countess Markievicz by no means took her seat, in step with the abstentionist coverage of her Irish occasion, Sinn Fein, whose members refused to swear an oath of allegiance to the British crown.
Before she was elected, she fought for ladies’s and labor rights, and Irish nationalism. Her participation within the 1916 Easter Rising, an armed rebel in opposition to British rule, led to a demise sentence that was commuted as a result of she was a girl.
After her launch, she was once more arrested, however was elected to the House of Commons from jail.
A letter the prime minister’s office sent to her after her election started, “Dear Sir …”
She stated of ladies’s rights in 1922, “I would work for it anywhere, as one of the crying wrongs of the world, that women, because of their sex, should be debarred from any position or any right that their brains entitle them a right to hold.”