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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWootton, Baroness
Ref No8SUF/B/068
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 15
Date17 Feb 1976
Extent40:19 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Baroness Wootton
DescriptionInterview took place at the House of Lords.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: The early Drawing Room Meetings agitating for Votes for Women. Baroness Wootton's mother's background, education and politics. Appointment as a lay magistrate. Eva Hubback [who succeeded her at Morley College] and her different approach to Baroness Wootton. Appraisal of Eva Hubback. Eva Hubback's awareness of racial origins and appointment of Jewish staff. The work of the suffragettes and suffragists. Women's slow progress after enfranchisement. Problems of working women not recognised by suffrage campaigners. The servant-owning class. Baroness Wootton's experience job hunting and approach to campaigning.

15:00 mins: Treatment of women and black people. Women breaking into broadcasting. Lord Ernest Simon and Education for Citizenship.
Baroness Wootton's political career. Joining Labour Party in 1923. Refused to stand for Parliament. Women's organisations. The Beveridge Report. Men's clubs. Work on juvenile courts and criminology. The Pension Board.

30:00 mins: Lady Stocks and Baroness Wootton as statutory women on Commissions. House of Lords attitudes to women members. The Women's Institute, the Mothers' Union and the Townswomen's Guild The effect of the First and Second World War on women. Her Mother's influence on her career. Her dislike of her mother. Her mother's attitudes and their relationship in later life.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 21
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