Georgina Frost becomes the first woman to hold public office in UK.

Published 7th June 2016
Georgina Frost became an Irish court official, the first woman to hold public office in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Between 1909 and 1915, Frost helped her father Thomas Frost, who worked as a petty sessions clerk in Co. Clare, Ireland. When he retired, Georgina was appointed to succeed him by the local magistrates. However, the Lord Lieutenant rejected her appointment based on her gender. Frost brought the case to the House of Lords on the 27th April 1920, by which time the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 had passed, and retrospective approval was granted to Frost.
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