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Lords Membership: Lists of Current and Former Female Peers

Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This House of Lords Library briefing provides lists of the female life Peers and the female hereditary Peers who have been Members of the House of Lords.

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As at 29 January 2018, there were 214 women in the House of Lords, out of a gross membership of 818 (these figures include those Members currently on leave of absence or disqualified for holding certain offices). The number of female Members were made up of: 

  • 210 life Peers appointed under the Life Peerages Act 1958. 
  • One Peer appointed under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 (Baroness Hale of Richmond). 
  • One excepted hereditary Peer under the House of Lords Act 1999 (the Countess of Mar). 
  • Two Bishops (following the enactment of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015). 

Over time, including the one Member appointed under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876, there have been 294 female life Peers; these are listed in the table in appendix 1. In addition, there have been 25 female Members who have sat in the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage; these are listed in the table in appendix 2.

Further information on women in the House of Lords, including historical background to their participation, can be found in the Library Briefing: Women in the House of Lords, 30 June 2015

Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0014

Author: Russell Taylor

Topics: House of Lords, Members of the Lords

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