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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCorbett-Ashby, Dame Margery
Ref No8SUF/B/004
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 1
Date28 May 1974
Extent109:23 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margery Corbett-Ashby
DescriptionInterview took place at Wickens, Horsted Keynes, Sussex. Also see interviews
8SUF/B/003, 8SUF/B/006, 8SUF/B/106, 8SUF/B/116, 8SUF/B/127, 8SUF/B/200.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins: Style of clothing worn by feminists; compares the fashion of Frances Heron Maxwell, founder of the Liberal Women's Suffrage Society, to that of the Pankhursts. Social life in London. Getting working class women involved in the women's movement. Women at cafes and tea shops. Women's suffrage meetings. Training to become a teacher. Beginning work for the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).

15:00 mins: The role of secretary at National Union of Women Suffrage Societies. Her salary and working hours at National Union of Women Suffrage Societies. Observing Parliamentary debates. Other workers in the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies. Canvassing for the Liberal Party. Elections. Men heckling female canvassers.

30:00 mins: Teetotaller movement. Working with Millicent Fawcett. Differences between suffragists and suffragettes. Her aunt's suffragette work. Mrs Pankhurst's attempt to convince Ashby's mother to go to prison for the cause. Mrs Pankhurst's personality.

45:00 mins: Mrs Pankhurst's political work. Rejecting violent protest for suffrage. Christabel Pankhurst compared to her mother. Mrs Despard. The Despards' relationship with the Pankhursts. Fundraising. Lady Frances Balfour. Millicent Fawcett as National Union of Women Suffrage Societies chair. Office staff at National Union of Women Suffrage Societies. Working as editor for Common Cause newsletter

60:00 mins: Mrs Swanwick's public speaking style and work for Common Cause. Leaving the role of National Union of Women Suffrage Societies secretary. Taking minutes for board meetings. Standing for Parliament in 1918. Opposition to militancy and war.

75:00 mins: Making banners for the suffrage movement. Artists League for Women's Suffrage. Men's role in the women's movement. Minorities' empathy for the women's movement. Maude Royden's personality and spiritual work. Negative stereotypes of women. The women's movement's effect on the perception of women.

90:00 mins: Millicent Fawcett and Sylvia Pankhurst's contributions to the women's movement. Her relationship with Philippa Strachey. Women's suffrage associations. Relationship between Fawcett and Pankhurst. Manhood suffrage. Illogical fears of women's suffrage. National Union of Women Suffrage Societies Executive Committee.

105:00 mins: Friendship among women's movement members. Difficulties for working class women getting involved with the movement. Women's Freedom League. Her work with Chrystal Macmillan.
Related Record8SUF/B/003
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 02
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