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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleEvans, Mrs Lyndal
Ref No8SUF/B/034
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 8
Date22 Mar 1975
Extent100:33 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Lyndal Evans and Evans; Dorothy Elizabeth (1889-1944); feminist and writer
DescriptionInterview took place at 8 Downside Crescent, London, NW2. (Miss Sybil Morrison, qv, was also present). Lyndal Evans is the illegitimate child of Dorothy Evans by LCC councillor Emil Davies.

0:00 mins:
Dorothy Evans' appearance: dyed hair and disguise during suffrage campaigns. The effect of forcible feeding. Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and Emmeline Pankhurst. Visiting the Pethick-Lawrence home; parents' connection with Pethick-Lawrences through the Socialist Party. The Fabian Society and meeting of Dorothy Evans and Albert Emil Davies [Lyndal Evans' father] at a Summer School. Davies already married, Dorothy's determination to have a child. Dorothy worked for Emily Davies. Dorothy's disinterest in the commercial world. Founding of campaigning group Women in Westminster. Comparison of Dorothy Evans and Teresa Billington Greig.

15:00 mins:
Dorothy's skill with paperwork. Personalities in the inter-war women's movement. Women in Westminster pre-1944, supported by Rebecca Sieff. Publication of 'Women's International News'. Barbara Castle and Irene White. Dorothy's character and Dorothy as a mother; her interest in gardening

30:00 mins:
Dorothy's interest in food and health. Diploma from Deptford College. Dorothy's first job and organising the Birmingham group of the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). Dorothy's parents' attitude and family. Subordination of the women in the house of Dorothy's parents. Her mother's approval. Her father domineering and a bully. Dorothy a rebel who believed in the dignity of all human beings.

45:00 mins:
Dorothy Evans' and Albert Davies' wishes for Lyndal to have a career. Their expectations for her, her education and home-life. Her relationship with Emil Davies' family. Lyndal's education. Dorothy's political outlook and attitude to religion.

60:00 mins:
Attitudes towards single mothers. Neither of Lyndal's parents wanted divorce or re-marriage to each other. Dorothy's work for British women married to foreign nationals. Equal compensation for War injuries. Her attitude to the two world wars. Permanent damage done to her by forcible feeding. Charlotte Marsh and Jimmy Glidewell.
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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