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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePatterson, Mrs Ann (née Stocks)
Ref No8SUF/B/064
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 14
Date18 Dec 1975
Extent65:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Ann Patterson and Mary Stocks
DescriptionInterview took place at 42 Campden Hill Square, London W8. Interviewee is the daughter of Lady Mary Stocks. Also see interviews with her mother [8SUF/B/001 and 8SUF/B/002] and other related interviews [8SUF/B/124, 8SUF/B/125].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Mary Stocks [mother of Ann Patterson] and the Fabian Society, her attitudes to nationalisation of mines and possible nationalisation of Post Office; leaving the Labour Party; attitude towards property and possessions; Her personal austerity. Her taste for literature. housework and cooking; love of literature, member of Royal Society; writing her books; writing her Commonplace Book. Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Fawcett.

15:00 mins:
Lady Astor; Mary Stocks' irritation with 'modern ways'; Women's Liberation Movement and Germaine Greer; her interest in and attitude towards students and young people. Mary Stocks a member of University Grants Committee; advocate of law relating to homosexuality; attitude to Birth Control and sex. Her time at the School of Speech Training. BBC Woman's Hour. National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship.

30:00 mins:
Reaction to suffrage television programme 'Shoulder to Shoulder'; Mary Stocks' attitude to Euthanasia; chronic insomnia; household staff; her interest in Manchester University Settlement, empathy with children; the students at Westfield ; role as a mother.

45:00 mins:
Mary Stocks' belief in wife's role; equality of women at Oxford; destruction of personal archives; attitude to her daughters; ambitious for son; attitude to class; the public's perception of her; relationships and friendships; faith in doctors.

60:00 mins:
Impatience with sociology; happy family background and religion; involvement; with Women's Equality Party; her daughter's marriage; birth control and premarital sex.
Related Record8SUF/B/002
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 19
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