Inspirational Women of Virginia

Influential Women who Helped Shape this Great Commonwealth


Lady Astor embodies much of what we cherish in a good story: born to a poor family, just one of eleven children, her first marriage ended in divorce. A subsequent marriage to one of the wealthiest men in the world gave her a new perspective on life, privilege, and politics. Boldly stepping into her role as Lady Astor, her travels to England provided opportunities she did not have in Virginia, and she seized on the possibilities this life provided and served as a member of Parliament for 26 years. Her competence made her a target for Hitler’s Nazi’s who put her on their “Hit List” should they win the war.

This first lady of British Politics pressed for better public health care and rights for children and women. That she could run for office and be elected at a time when her sisters in Virginia could not even vote is the stark reality of the Suffrage Movement. The inspiration she represents makes her one of Virginia’s most influential women.

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