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FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS
Table 1 lists all former women members of the House of Lords since the passage of the Life Peerages Act of 1958 allowed for womens membership. Hereditary peeresses, indicated with , were admitted by the 1963 Peerage Act. Women in the Scottish peerage are called Lady rather than Baroness. The Lords differs from the other assemblies in the Observatory in that it has no fixed membership, and a high annual turnover. The best means we have of analysing the Lords composition, in Table 2, is to use the figures listed in Dod's and Whitaker's Alamack in the years of parliamentary elections, as at 1 January, since womens admission in 1958. This page of the Observatory lists current women members of the Lords, and this Word document offers a printer friendly version of these tables.
Table 1: Former women members of the House of Lords
Table 2: Gender breakdown of the House of Lords, 1959 to 2001
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