Famous Speech Friday: Nancy Astor's "maiden speech" in Parliament
The Eloquent Woman
OCTOBER 3, 2014
She dressed in a type of uniform, avoiding fashionable clothing to keep her clothing out of the discussion , something Hillary Clinton would do decades later. As historian Richard Toye notes in The Aftermath of Suffrage: Women, Gender, and Politics in Britain, 1918-1945 , "No biography of an MP would be complete without an account of his or her maiden speech," and this one was a first not just for the speaker, but for the nation.