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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCorbett-Ashby, Dame Margery
Ref No8SUF/B/006
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 1
Date8 Apr 1975
Extent68:01 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margery Corbett-Ashby
DescriptionInterview took place at 2 Stormont Road, London N6 (her son's house at that time - she was staying there as she'd just fallen off a bus). Also see interviews 8SUF/B/003, 8SUF/B/004, 8SUF/B/106, 8SUF/B/116,8SUF/B/127, 8SUF/B/200.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins: Her experiences during the First World War. Red Cross work. War rationing. Domestic servants during the war. Her candidacy for Parliament in 1918.

15:00 mins: Political differences among women after gaining suffrage. Women's involvement in international politics and the League of Nations. Eleanor Rathbone and Millicent Fawcett as leaders of the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Disagreement within the NUWSS over the issue of family allowances. The Six Point Group. Activities of former suffragettes after winning the vote.

30:00 mins: Formation of the Townswomen's Guild. Early work done by the Townswomen's Guild. The relationship and differences between the Townswomen's Guild and the Women's Institutes. Women's involvement in politics after 1918. Women for Westminster. The work of Mrs Sieff. Political fragmentation among women.

45:00 mins: Loyalty of women to each other. Standing for Parliament after 1918. The by-election in 1944. Difficulties for women sitting in Parliament. Hopelessness of standing as a Liberal candidate. Her involvement in the international women's movement. The International Woman Suffrage Alliance.

60:00 mins: Membership of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Changes in the work of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance as more countries granted women's suffrage. Problems with outside interference with local suffrage campaigns.

Background noise makes the last 10 seconds difficult to hear.
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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