Constance Markievicz tea towel
Constance Georgine Markievicz (1868-1927), known as Countess Markievicz, was an Irish Sinn Fein and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish Republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her sex. On 28 December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons but she did not take up her seat. She was also the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister of Labour of the Irish Republic 1919-1922).