Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium

Jack Andrews amiga at primenet.com
Thu Oct 1 05:44:44 EST 1998


> Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor
>
>                                                         (1879-1964)
>
> Nancy Witcher Langhorne was born in 1879 in Danville and raised in Richmond,
> Virginia. Her family had become impoverished due to
> the Civil War, but recovered its fortunes by the time Nancy was adolescent. Nancy
> grew up to be a beautiful woman and married into
> more wealth. Her first marriage lasted only a decade. On a trip to England in
> 1906, she met and married Waldorf Astor, a descendant of
> America's first millionaire family.
>
> In 1910, Waldorf was elected to Parliament and Nancy became involved in her
> husband's work. Waldorf became Viscount Astor after
> his father's death in 1919 and was elevated to the House of Lords. Nancy ran for
> the seat vacated by her husband in the House of
> Commons and was elected by a substantial majority. She was the first woman to be
> a member of Parliament in Britain.
>
> Nancy Astor was a member of the conservative Tory party. Her main focus was on
> issues affecting women and children. She once said,
> "We are not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all we ask is
> equality." She was the first woman to introduce a bill into
> Parliament. It was to prohibit the sale of alcohol in bars to persons under the
> age of eighteen. She remained in Parliament until her
> retirement in 1945. She died in 1964, at the age of eighty-five.

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