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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHale, Miss Cicely
Ref No8SUF/B/021
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 5
Date6 Nov 1974
Extent117:18 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Cicely Hale
DescriptionInterview took place at 10 Southlands Court, South Terrace, Littlehampton.
Interviewee is the sister of Lady Ricardo [see interview 8SUF/B/026].

0:00 mins:
Her parents' attitude to women's suffrage. Her involvement with the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Ostracism due to her involvement in the suffrage movement. Her secretarial work assisting Mary Home in the Information Department of the WSPU. The work of the Information Department in support of the movement. Sequence of events leading to her involvement with the movement: attending meetings at Portman rooms; joining a procession to Hyde Park; helping Grace Roe at the Hammersmith by-election; chalking on the pavement; "collecting" crowds for street corner meetings. Camaraderie of the movement.

15:00 mins:
Her independence. The movement's contribution to her education. The general public's involvement in the campaign. Office move to Clement's Inn then, to Lincoln's Inn where she took Mary Home's place as Head of the Information Department; joined by Aeta Lamb. Emily Davison's help. Remained as Head of Information department until 1914. Communication difficulties with Christabel Pankhurst at the time of the raids. Police raid at headquarters. Arrest of Mrs Beatrice Sanders (head of finance) and Miss Harriet Kerr (head of general office). How she learned to be a printing compositor to produce the "Suffragette". Move of the department into the home of the Schutzes of Chelsea (Jewish suffragettes); move of the department to the Stacks' family home in Maida Vale. Prunella and Nora Stack. The League of Health and Beauty.

30:00 mins:
The Stack household, their involvement with the movement. Mary Home's temperament and her relationship with Miss Hale. Mary Home's role in the Information Department. Aeta Lamb's character and contribution to the Information Department. Her resentment towards her brothers because their education was taken more seriously than hers. The disadvantage of women in contrast to men. The life of an Edwardian doctor's wife (her mother).

45:00 mins:
Importance for a girl of getting married in those days. What made her want to be part of the movement. Her role in the movement: in charge of the stewards, selling papers and giving out handbills, being one of the marshals at big processions. Mrs Ricardo (her sister Beatrice). Her dislike of social functions. The importance of servants. Men who supported the movement. Men's Political Union for Women's Enfranchisement and Men's League for Women's Suffrage. Mr Pethick Lawrence.

60:00 mins:
The WSPU departments' relationship with each other. Beatrice Sanders, treasurer and head of the Financial Department. The work of the Information Department. How the movement made her confident and independent. Her financial difficulties as a young woman. Training as a health visitor. The census night (1911). Mrs Pankhurst's oratory skills. Criticism of "Shoulder to Shoulder" programme.

75:00 mins:
The split of the WSPU. The Marshalls, legal advisers of the movement. Miss Hale's dislike of the periodical "Britannia". WSPU paid jobs. Miss Carr, a good organiser who worked in the general office. Miss [Winifred] Adair Roberts. Suffrage movement members and Theosophy.

90:00 mins:
Emily Wilding Davison's temperament and setting fire to letterboxes. The artist (Dorothy) Elizabeth Gordon, a WSPU organiser and a follower of Gurdjieff. The Brackenburys. Miss Hale's relationship with her mother. Leonora Cohen.

105:00 mins
A letter from Christabel Pankhurst. Mrs Dacre Fox [Norah Elam]. Work at Woman's Own. Work as a health visitor. Mrs Pankhurst and Christabel Pankhurst's adoption of First World War illegitimate children.
Related Record8SUF/B/026
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 07
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