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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleSowerbutts, Miss FM
Ref No8SUF/B/033
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 8
Date19 Mar 1975
Extent56:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for FM Sowerbutts
DescriptionInterview took place at 81 Stonegate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2PH.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Her grandparents. Childhood, education, marriage and work of her mother as typist and secretary. Reasons for her mother joining the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), her religion and social contacts. Her mother's Jewish friends and acquaintances with artists. Her grandparents' attitudes to education and work.

15:00 mins:
Attitude of Edwardian office-workers to women's suffrage and married female staff. Connection between her mother being a typist and a suffragist. Reasons for her not becoming a militant suffragette. Men's attitude towards women's suffrage. Her parents' attitude to Emily Davison's exploit and actions of suffragettes on demonstrations. Effect of First World War on her mother and her political attitude. Experiences with Beatrix Margaret Bickerton (suffragette and friend). Her attitude towards suffragettes.

30:00 mins:
Shrill voices of suffragettes. Subsequent experiences with Bickerton in Australia. Bickerton's career, personality, her parents, activities as a suffragette, work in First and Second World War and her death.

45:00 mins:
Bickerton's political activities, her attitude towards Millicent Fawcett, her role as honorary secretary at Worcestershire Association in London. Her father's attitude to her activities as a suffragette. Meetings of suffragettes and suffragists in tea rooms. Her mother's Catholicism.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 10
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