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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleMoyes, Helen
Ref No8SUF/B/058
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 14
DateDec 1974-Jan 1975
Extent30:46 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Helen Moyes
DescriptionTape-recorded replies to Brian Harrison's questions. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/054 and 8SUF/B/055.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Social position of Fraser family in Glasgow. Father's political views. Mother's views on suffrage. Home influence. Language influence. Looked after children. Amateur theatricals. Lady Primrose asked her to collect funds for women's hospital. Influence of author George Meredith. Love of literature and portrayal of women. Entry into Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). Going to London. Speaking in Hyde Park. Met Mrs Pankhurst, Mary Gawthorpe. Sister [Anne Fraser or Laura Fraser ?] went to prison, arrested on deputation from Caxton Hall to House of Commons. Mrs Pankhurst asked her to organise by-elections in Scotland. Hexham and Aberdeen by-elections. Family supportive of women's suffrage. Debate with Mrs Pankhurst about militancy. Moyes's preference for reason and argument. Militant tactics were the idea of Christabel Pankhurst. Moyes's religious training. Christabel Pankhursts antagonism towards men. Resignation from WSPU and invitation from Millicent Fawcett to join National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Invited to organise branches, by-elections, caravan tours and pilgrimage. Tactical difference between NUWSS and WSPU. Mrs Pankhurst idolised Christabel. Difference of reception of suffrage movement in Scotland.

15:00 mins:
1913 caravan tour well-received in Scotland. Mrs Swanick. Eleanor Rathbone. Anna Halshaw. Early death of father. Death of brothers in First World War. Experience of First World War. Halting of suffrage movement. Women into war work. Went to Salisbury to speak on economic issues. Interview by Bottomley for post in National War Savings Committee. Set up 101 committees. Mrs Fawcett recommended she talk in USA about UK war effort, 1917. Lectured all over the USA. Knew Hoover well. Returned to the UK, Jul 1918. Sent to France. Visited hospitals. Returned to USA. Worked towards equal suffrage until 1928. Bought house in Kensington. Converted into 4 flats. Lecture tours. Freelance journalism. Edith How-Martyn. Mary MacCauley. Lady Astor's parties. Rejection of Labour politics in 1920s. Visited Keir Hardie. Knew Ramsay McDonald. Ethel Snowden. On Kensington Council for seven years. Voted Liberal. Never a Theosophist. Interested in all religions. Christianity. Chairman of branch of National Council of Women. Individualist movement. Arthur Kitson. Vincent Vickers. Involvement with English Speaking Union (ESU) in Australia. Went to Australia to marry her husband. Church of England Women's Guild in Sydney. Honoury treasurer Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) for seven years. Headed 'Women for Canberra'. Not interested in Women's Liberation Movement and Germaine Greer. Belief that men and women should fight side by side.
Related Record8SUF/B/054
Access StatusOpen
Former Reference NumberTape 18
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