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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePierotti, Miss Muriel
Ref No8SUF/B/011
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 2
Date27 Aug 1974
Extent93:02 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Muriel Pierotti
DescriptionInterview took place at Pony Close, Hook Norton, Nr Chipping Norton.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Her mother's involvement in the Women's Freedom League (WFL) and her friendship with Teresa Billington-Greig. Teresa Billington-Greig's disagreements with Charlotte Despard and WFL. The effectiveness of the 'Silent Watch on the House' 1909. Teresa Billington-Greig's book on 'Militant Suffragettes'. Fiona Billington-Greig's relationship with her mother. Miss Pierotti's mother's family background. Her mother's friendship with Charlotte Despard.

15:00 mins:
Charlotte Despard and Teresa Billington-Greig's reconciliation. Father's connection to socialism, the post office and the Civil Service Socialist Society. The Pierotti family's religious beliefs and political background and childhood. Her Italian origins. Work done by herself and her mother in the League. What it was like being the daughter of a suffragist. Her mother's personality, and her father's career. The nature of their relationship.

30:00 mins:
Alison Neilan destroying ballot papers and effective methods of militancy. Effectiveness of different women's groups. Charlotte Despard: other organisations and charitable works she was involved in. Mother worked in the WFL club room and vegetarian restaurant the Minerva Café. Her mother's precocious entry into the polling-booth. How her mother's suffragism enriched life at home. Her attitude to housekeeping. Her later career.

45:00 mins:
Miss Pierotti's own career and her work in the National Union of Women Teachers. Involvement in the London Children's Care Committee in the East End. Formal education. Worked for Kate Hervey at a hospital school as a secretary. Article in the Times about the Fawcett Society and the Equal Campaign Society and Lady Nancy Seear's response letter.

60:00 mins:
The history of the women's movement and Sylvia Pankhurst as an author. Miss Pierotti's recollection of her first suffrage procession. The shop in Hackney for Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) and WFL. Dr Elizabeth Wilks and Mark Wilks, tax resisting and the effect the suffrage movement had on husbands. Selling 'The Vote' on the street and people's reactions. The Guggenheim Youth and Jewish efforts for the cause. Mary Stocks and her 'My Common Place' Book. Hertha Ayrton - physicist and major financier of the WSPU.

75:00 mins:
Issues of social class and teachers in the suffragette movement. Alice Schofield Coates and Marion Coates Hansen. Women's Freedom League and census spoiling. The role of books and literature in the Suffrage movement.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 04
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