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This update adds 26 biographies and one reference group article, accompanied by ten portrait likenesses. The new entries focus on women and Parliament in the period after 1918 when women’s suffrage was (partially) gained, and when women could stand for parliament for the first time. Their biographies have been curated by Dr Mari Takayanagi, senior archivist at the Parliamentary Archives.
Beatrice Wright was elected unopposed as MP for Bodmin, becoming (after Nancy Astor) the second American-born woman to enter parliament and the thirty-seventh female MP to take her seat. She was an active parliamentarian, focusing her attention on issues that affected women, children, and her Cornish constituency. She was described as ‘a champion of womanhood’ in the House of Commons.