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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCohen, Mrs Leonora
Ref No8SUF/B/104
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 22
LevelFile
Date3 Sep 1976
Extent104a - 35:53 mins, 104b - 127:44 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Leonora Cohen
DescriptionInterview took place at Cliffe House, 31 Whitehall Road, Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/018 and 8SUF/B/019.

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/104a and 8SUF/B/104b.

Interview summary:
Attitude of her hostess in 1911 in London to her militant act at the Tower (Mrs Morrison). How Mrs C made up her mind on what type of protest to make. How she began public speaking for the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) . Her prison experience. Conflicts between the demands of family and of WSPU. Her husband's loyalty to her. Window-breaking at Leeds. Her munitions work in First World War. Organising the Hunslet women workers into trade unions. Lilian Barker. Initial obstruction to her career resulting from her suffragette activities. Her later career as a magistrate. Dealing with Conscientious Objectors in the Second World War. Her distance from inter-war women's organisations. Her mother's religious views. Mrs C's interest in theosophy. How her mother was injured by anti-suffragist hostility at a Harrogate meeting. Mrs C's house besieged by anti-suffrage mobs. Her subsequent work in local government: on the lunacy committee, as the first elected woman on the Leeds licensing bench, etc.
URLhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/the-suffrage-interviews
Related Record8SUF/B/018
8SUF/B/019
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 35
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