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FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS (LIFE PEERS)

The list below does not include women peers who were previously MPs; they are listed on separate pages.

1) Baroness Wootton of Abinger

17) Baroness Young

2) Baroness Swanborough

18) Baroness Seear

3) Baroness Elliot of Harwood

19) Baroness Macleod of Borve

4) Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleston

20) Baroness Stedman

5) Baroness Gaitskell

21) Baroness Robson of Kiddington

6) Baroness Brooke of Ystradefellte

22) Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch

7) Baroness Phillips

23) Baroness Faithfull

8) Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

24) Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth

9) Baroness Plummer

25) Baroness Denington

10) Baroness Spencer-Churchill

26) Baroness Ryder of Warsaw

12) Baroness Sharp

27) Baroness Airey of Abingdon

13) Baroness Stocks

28) Baroness Ewart-Biggs

14) Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe

29) Baroness Lane-Fox

15) Baroness Birk

30) Baroness Denton of Wakefield

16) Baroness Serota

 

Baroness Wootton of Abinger

Date of Birth

14 April 1897 (née Adam)

Family

married; widowed and remarried

Education

Girton College, Cambridge

Early career

sociology professor, magistrate (1926-70), broadcaster

Early political experience

Labour Party research department (1922-26)

Years in parliament

1958-88

Party

Labour

Offices held

Deputy Speaker (1967-88); Governor, BBC (1950-56); three royal commissions,

Honours or titles

Order of the Companions of Honour (1977)

Publications

In a World I Never Made (1967)

Death

11 July 1988

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Stella, Baroness Swanborough

Date of Birth

6 January 1894 (née Charnaud)

Family

married Marquess of Reading

Education

privately educated

Early career

founded Women's Royal Voluntary Service (1938)

Years in parliament

1958-71

Party

Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

JP, Deal & Walmer (1932-37), Governor, BBC (1946)

Honours or titles

DBE (1941), GBE (1944)

Publications

Stella Reading: Some recollections by her friends, published by WRVS (1979)

Death

22 May 1971

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Katherine, Baroness Elliot of Harwood

Date of Birth

15 January 1903

Family

half sister of Margot Asquith, married Walter Elliot MP

Education

educated abroad

Early career

farmer

Early political experience

Roxburghshire County Council (1946-75); Chairman, National Union of Conservative & Unionist Associations (1957); contested Glasgow Rutherglen (1958); UN delegate (1954, 1956, 1957)

Years in parliament

1958-94

Party

Conservative

Honours or titles

DBE (1958)

Death

3 January 1994

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Mary, Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleston

Date of Birth

20 January 1896

Family

daughter of Lord Curzon, sister of Cynthia Mosley MP

Education

privately educated

Early political experience

campaigned for sister; member, Peeresses' Committee (1948)

Years in parliament

1958-66

Party

Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

President, World Congress of Faiths; Vice President, National Association of Girls' Clubs & Mixed Clubs

Publications

In Many Rhythms (1953), Ann de Courcy, The Viceroy's Daughters (2000)

Death

9 February 1966

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Dora, Baroness Gaitskell

Date of Birth

25 April 1901 (née Creditor)

Family

twice married, second marriage to Hugh Gaitskell MP, three children

Years in parliament

1964-89

Party

Labour

Other public offices

delegate, UN General Assembly; All Party Committee Human Rights (1977-89); Trustee, Anglo-German Federation

Death

1July 1989

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Barbara, Baroness Brooke of Ystradfellte

Date of Birth

14 January 1908 (née Mathews)

Family

married Henry Brooke MP, four children including Peter Brooke MP

Education

Gloucester Training School of Domestic Science

Early political experience

Hampstead Borough Council (1948-65); Vice Chairman, Conservatvie Party (1954-64)

Years in parliament

1964-2000

Party

Conservative

Other public offices

North West Metropolitan Hospital Board (1961-71)

Honours

DBE (1960)

Death

1 September 2000

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Nora, Baroness Phillips

Date of Birth

12 August 1910 (née Lusher)

Family

married Morgan Phillips, Labour general secretary; two children including Gwyneth Dunwoody MP

Education

Hampton Training College

Early career

teacher; co-founder, National Association of Women's Clubs (1935)

Years in parliament

1965-92

Party

Labour

Offices

Government Whip (1965-70); Lord Lieutentant, Greater London (1978-85)

Other public offices

president of many charities and organisations

Death

14 August 1992

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Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

Date of Birth

15 April 1887

Family

daughter of Herbert Asquith; married, four children including Lord Bonham Carter

Education

educated in Dresden, Paris

Early political experience

campaigned for father, President, Women's Liberal Federation (1923-5, 1939-5), contested Wells (1945), Colne Valley (1951); President, Liberal Party (1944-45)

Years in parliament

1964-69

Party

Liberal

Other public offices

Governor, BBC (1941-46); Royal Commission on the Press (1947-49)

Honours

DBE (1953)

Publications

Mark Pottle (ed.), Daring to Hope: The Diaries and Letters of Violet Bonham Carter 1946-1969 (2000)

Death

12 February 1969

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Beatrice, Baroness Plummer

Date of Birth

14 April 1903 (née Lapsker)

Family

married Leslie Plummer MP

Years in parliament

1965-72

Party

Labour

Other public offices

JP, Essex (1947); Independent Television Authority (1966-71); British Agricultural Exports Council

Death

14 June 1972

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Clementine. Baroness Spencer-Churchill

Date of Birth

1April 1885 (née Hozier)

Family

wife of Winston Churchill MP, five children

Education

Sorbonne, Paris

Years in parliament

1965-77

Party

Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

Chairman, Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund; YWCA National Hostels Committee

Honours

CBE (1918), GBE (1945), Order of the Red Banner of Labour (Russia)

Publications

Mary Soames, Clementine Churchill: By Her Daughter (1979); Soames (ed.), Speaking for Themselves: the Private Letters of Winston & Clementine Churchill (1999)

Death

12 December 1977

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Audrey, Baroness Hylton-Foster

Date of Birth

19 May 1908

Family

daughter of Douglas Clifton-Brown, Speaker of House of Commons; married Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of House of Commons

Education

Ivy House, Wimbledon

Years in parliament

1965-2002

Party

Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

Convenor, Cross-Bench peers (1974-95)

Honours or titles

DBE (1990)

Other public offices

President, County of London Branch, BRCS, (1960-74); Member, Executive Committee, BRCS 1966-76; President and Chairman, the London Branch BRCS 1974-83; Member, Council of BRCS (1977-81); President, Prevention of Blindness Research Fund (1965-76), Patron (1976-2002)

Death

31 October 2002

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Evelyn, Baroness Sharp

Date of Birth

25 May 1903

Family

unmarried

Education

Somerville College, Oxford

Early career

civil servant; Permanent Secretary, Department of Housing & Local Government (1955-66 - first woman permanent secretary)

Years in parliament

1966-85

Party

Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

President, London & Quadrant Housing Trust (1977-85)

Honours

DBE (1948), GBE (1961)

Death

1 September 1985

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Baroness Stocks

Date of Birth

25 July 1891 (née Brinton)

Family

married, three children

Education

London School of Economics

Early career

broadcaster, lecturer, birth control advocate, college president

 

contested London Universities (1945), Combined English Universities (1946)

Years in parliament

1966-75

Party

Labour, Cross-Bencher (1974-75)

Other public offices

JP (1930-36); University Grants Commission

Publications

My Commonplace Book (1970), Still More Commonplace (1973)

Death

7 July 1975

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Patricia, Baroness Llewellyn-Davies of Hastoe

Date of Birth

16 July 1915 (née Parry)

Family

married Richard (later Lord) Llewelyn-Davies, three children

Education

Girton College, Cambridge

Early career

civil servant

Early political experience

contested Wolverhampton South West (1951), Wandsworth Central (1955, 1959)

Years in parliament

1967-97

Party

Labour

Offices held

Government Chief Whip (1974-79); Principal Deputy Speaker of Committees (1982-86); Deputy Speaker (1986-95)

Other public offices

Chairman, Women's National Commission (1975-76)

Death

6 November 1997

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Alma, Baroness Birk

Date of Birth

22 September 1919

Family

married, two children

Education

London School of Economics

Early career

journalist; founder and associate editor of women's magazine Nova, 1960s

Early political career

Finchley Borough Council (1950-3); contested Ruislip Northwood (1950), Portsmouth West (1951, 1955)

Years in parliament

1967-97

Party

Labour

Offices

Whip (1974), Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (1974-79), Minister of State, Privy Council Office (1979)

Opposition portfolios

Environment (1979-86), Arts, Libraries, Heritage, Broadcasting & Cable (1986-97)

Death

29 December 1997

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Beatrice, Baroness Serota

Date of Birth

15 October 1919

Family

married, two children

Education

London School of Economics

Early career

civil servant

Early political career

Hampstead Borough Council (1945-49); LCC/GLC (1954-67)

Years in parliament

1967-2002

Party

Labour

Offices

Whip (1968-69); Minister of State, Department of Health & Social Security (1969-70), Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees (1985-2002), Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (1986-92),

Other public offices

Vice-chairman, Inner London Education Committee, (1964-67); Governor, BBC (1977-82)

Death

21 October 2002

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Janet, Baroness Young

Date of Birth

23 October 1926 (née Baker)

Family

married, three daughters

Education

Yale University; St Ann's College, Oxford

Early career

Oxford City Council (1957-72; leader 1967-72)

Years in parliament

1971-2002

Party

Conservative

Offices held

Government Whip (1972-73), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (1973-4), Minister of State, Department of Education & Science (1979-81), Leader of the House of Lords (1981-3), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1981-2), Lord Privy Seal (1982-3), Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1983-7)

Other offices

Deputy Chairman, Conservative Party (1977-79), Co-chair, Women's National Commission (1979-83)

Death

6 September 2002

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Nancy, Baroness Seear

Date of Birth

7 August 1913

Family

unmarried

Education

Newnham College, Cambridge; London School of Economics

Early career

teacher, lecturer

Early political career

contested general elections (1950-70), European elections (1979, 1984)

Years in parliament

1971-97

Party

Liberal, SLDP (1988-89), Liberal Democrat

Offices held

Leader of Liberal peers (1984-88), Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrat peers (1988-9)

Other public offices

President, Fawcett Society; member, Hansard Society Commission on Electoral Reform (1975-6)

Death

22 April 1997

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Evelyn, Baroness Macleod of Borve

Date of Birth

19 February 1915 (née Blois)

Family

married and widowed; remarried Iain Macleod MP, two children by second marriage

Early career

JP, Middlesex (1953)

Years in parliament

1971-99

Party

Conservative

Other public offices

Chairman, National Gas Consumers' Council (1972-77); President, Crisis at Christmas homeless charity (1971-99); Deputy Lieutenant, Greater London (1977); member, Metrication Board (1978-80)

Death

17 November 1999

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Phyllis, Baroness Stedman

Date of Birth

14 July 1916 (née Adams)

Family

married

Education

Peterborough County Grammar School

Early career

librarian

Early political career

Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon, Peterborough County Councillor (1946-75)

Years in parliament

1974-96

Party

Labour, SDP (1981-91), Cross-Bencher

Other public offices

Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Education (1979); Government Whip (1975-79); SDP Whip (1981-88), Leader SDP peers (1988-91)

Honours

OBE (1965)

Death

8 June 1996

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Inga-Stina, Baroness Robson of Kiddington

Date of Birth

20 August 1919

Family

married, three children

Education

in Sweden

Early political career

contested Eye (1955, 1959), Gloucester (1964, 1966); President, Liberal Party (1969-71)

Years in parliament

1974-99

Party

Liberal, SLDP (1988-89), Liberal Democrat

Opposition portfolios

Agriculture, Environment, & Health (1983)

Other public offices

JP, Oxford; Chairman, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospitals (1970-84); South West Thames Regional Health Authority (1974-82)

Death

9 February 1999

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Mary, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch

Date of Birth

1903

Family

married Michael Stewart, MP

Education

Bedford College, London

Early career

WEA tutor (1945-64)

Years in parliament

1975-84

Party

Labour

Other public offices

JP, London (1949); Chairman, Fabian Society (1963)

Death

28 December 1984

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Lucy, Baroness Faithfull

Date of Birth

26 December 1910

Family

unmarried

Education

University of Birmingham

Early career

Children's Officer, Oxford City Council (1958-70); Social Services Officer (1970-74)

Years in parliament

1976-96

Party

Conservative

Offices

Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children (1984-)

Other public offices

President, National Children's Bureau (1984-)

Honours

OBE (1972)

Death

13 March 1996

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Barbara, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth

Date of Birth

23 May 1914 (née Ward)

Family

married, children

Education

Sorbonne, Paris; Somerville College

Early career

author, lecturer, journalist

Years in parliament

1976-81

Party

Labour

Other public offices

Governor, BBC (1946-50); President, Institute for Environment & Development (1973-82)

Honours

DBE (1974)

Death

31 May 1981

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Evelyn, Baroness Denington

Date of Birth

9 August 1907 (née Bursill)

Family

married

Education

Bedford College, London

Early career

teacher, journalist

Early political experience

St Pancras Borough Council (1945-59); LCC/GLC (1946-77)

Years in parliament

1978-98

Party

Labour

Offices held

Deputy Opposition Leader, GLC (1967-73)

Honours

OBE (1966), DBE (1974)

Death

22 August 1998

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Sue, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw

Date of Birth

3 July 1923

Family

married Lord Cheshire VC, two children

Education

Benenden School, Kent

Early career

special operations executive (WW2); founder, Sue Ryder Foundation (1953)

Years in parliament

1978-2000

Party

Cross-Bencher

Honours

OBE (1957), CMG (1976), other foreign orders

Autobiographies

And the Morrow is Theirs (1975), Child of My Love (1986)

Death

3 November 2000

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Barbara, Baroness Airey of Abingdon

Date of Birth

7 July 1919 (née Giffard)

Family

married Airey Neave MP, three children

Education

educated privately and abroad

Early career

RAF nursing service; wartime intelligence officer

Years in parliament

1979-92

Party

Conservative

Other public offices

Trustee, Dorneywood Trust, Imperial War Museum, Women Caring Trust (Northern Ireland); member, North Atlantic Assembly (1983-84)

Death

1 December 1992

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Jane, Baroness Ewart-Biggs

Date of Birth

22 August 1929 (née Randall)

Family

married, three children

Education

Downe House School, Berkshire

Early career

secretary

Early political experience

sought Labour nomination in GLC, European elections

Years in parliament

1981-92

Party

Labour

Opposition portfolios

Home Affairs (1984), Overseas Development, Consumer Affairs (1987), Opposition Whip (1988)

Other public offices

President, UNICEF UK; Trustee, Women Caring Trust, Northern Ireland

Publications

Pay, Pack & Follow (1984), Lady in the Lords (1988)

Death

7 October 1992

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Felicity, Baroness Lane-Fox

Date of Birth

22 June 1918

Family

unmarried

Early career

campaigner for the disabled

Early political experience

National Executive, Conservative & Unionist Party (1963-66)

Years in parliament

1981-88

Party

Conservative

Other public offices

Vice President, Royal Association of Disability & Rehabilitation (1963-88); member, Prince of Wales' Advisory Group on Disabled (1982)

Honours

OBE (1976)

Death

17 April 1988

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Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield

Date of Birth

29 December 1935 (née Moss)

Family

married, divorced

Education

London School of Economics

Early career

businesswoman, racecar driver

Years in parliament

1991-2001

Party

Conservative

Offices held

Whip (1991-92); Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Consumer Affairs & Small Firms, Department of Trade & Industry (1992-93); Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of the Environment (1993-94); Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Agriculture, Economy & Women's Issues, Northern Ireland Office, (1994-97)

Opposition portfolios

Trade & Industry

Honours

CBE (1996)

Other public offices

Co-chair, Women's National Commission (1992); co-founder, FORUM UK (UK branch of International Women's Forum); board member, Royal Academy

Death

5 February 2001

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