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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleChew, Miss Doris re Ada Nield Chew
Ref No8SUF/B/037
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 9
Date31 Mar 1975
Extent70:35 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies of Doris Chew and Ada Nield Chew
DescriptionInterview took place at 55 Ormerod Road, Burnley, Lancs. The interviewee is the daughter of Ada Nield Chew.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Ada Chew's pacifism in the First World War, but not Second World War. Her membership of National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Ada's letters to 'Rochdale Observer' criticising violence. Her reasons for being a vegetarian. Her parents' relationship and home atmosphere. Non-conformism. Her strong ideas about education. Her love of reading. Her mother's later career moving out of the Labour movement. Parents' political views. Issues of class in the movement. Relationship with her mother. Impact on Doris of her mother's suffrage work.

15:00 mins:
Ada's theories on education. Impact of growing up in political family. Ada's housekeeping attitudes. Her admiration for Mrs Charlotte Perkins Gilman and hopes for communal housework. Mother's lack of dress sense. Recreation. Mother's later career in business [1920-1930]. Parents' relationship and her mother's financial independence.

30:00 mins:
Mother's hopes for Doris's future. Impact of grandmother's life on mother's career choices. Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. Her involvement in anti-fascism. Mother's disapproval of the Women's Liberation Movement. Ada and Doris's admiration for Agnes Maude Royden, Margaret Ashton and Mrs Swanick. Mother knew Gertrude Tuckwell and worked for her Potteries Fund Committee for 30 years. Mary Macarthur. Speakers visiting their town - RH Tawney, Fenner Brockway, Clement Bundock. Parents' political connections with Rochdale.

45:00 mins:
Details of mother's mail-order business. Her independent but practical outlook. Impact of retirement. Deprivation of mother's final years. Her attitudes to Churchill, fascism and the Labour Party. Relationships with her brothers. Cultural interests.

60:00 mins:
Ada's public speaking. Dislike of private charity. Her recreational tastes and personality. Doris's involvement with international and then local affairs - independence from mother's aims and ambitions.
Related Record8SUF/B/040
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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