Constance Markievicz: A biography


Portrait of Constance Markievicz, c.1896 published in her biography by Seán O'Faoláin in 1934.

Who was Constance Markievicz?

An avowed revolutionary, Constance Markievicz (1868–1927), was a suffragist, Irish republican, radical thinker, and the first woman elected to Westminster Parliament in 1918. In accordance with the abstentionist policy of her party, Sinn Féin, Markievicz never took up her seat in the House of Commons. No stranger to civil disobedience, at the time of her election, Markievicz was imprisoned in Holloway prison for her anti-conscription activities. She was jailed previously, in 1916–17, for her active involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising, which was an armed insurrection by Irish Republicans to end British rule in Ireland. Markievicz was a member of the Irish Citizens Army, and was implicated in both an organising and combat role.

Full title:
Constance Markievicz; or, The average revolutionary : a biography / by Seán O'Faoláin.
Book / Photograph
Usage terms

Illustrations: © Public Domain

Held by
British Library

Full catalogue details

Related articles

Women in Parliament from 1918–2020

Article by:
Caitríona Beaumont
Education and work

Women first entered the House of Commons as MPs after the Parliament Act of 1918. Professor Caitríona Beaumont examines the role of women in changing the political landscape in the UK, and the impacts they have made in positively transforming the lives of others.

Related collection items