Lady Astor is the considered to be the First Woman elected to Parliament representing Plymouth Sutton. Technically, she is only the first woman to serve in the Parliament as Constance Markievicz was elected to represent Dublin St Patrick’s but as a member of the Sinn Fein Movement in Ireland, she refused to take her seat and was a member of the first Irish Dail Eireann (Elected Chamber for Ireland).
Lady Astor was nobility by marriage, having been raised in America. Her husband Lord Waldrof Astor formerly held the seat for Plymouth Sutton before he succeeded his father as 2nd Vicsount of Astor and took his seat in the House of Lords. Lady Astor decided to run for the open seat and was elected. She was a member of the Suffragette movement and was a member of the Tory Party.
John Singer Sargent is known for his portraits of American expatriates. Himself an American, he spent most of his life in Europe painting famous Americans in Europe and European elite.