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TitleCorbett-Ashby, Dame Margery
Ref No8SUF/B/106
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 23
Date21 Sep 1976
Extent125:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margery Corbett Ashby
DescriptionInterview took place at the University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, London
Also see interviews 8SUF/B/003, 8SUF/B/004, 8SUF/B/006, 8SUF/B/116, 8SUF/B/200.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins: International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA). International Council of Women. Relationship between the International Council of Women and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Her participation in international women's organisations. The role of men in these organisations. Difficulties of travelling abroad. The need for wealth in order to participate in international political movements.

15:00 mins: Class divisions in international movements. Combining travel to international congresses with holidays. Changes in the international congresses. Organisational structure of the IWSA. Early congresses she attended. The Pankhursts' lack of involvement in the international movement.

30:00 mins: The Pankhursts and the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Separation between the constitutional and militant reform movements. Mrs Chapman Catt. South American women's movements. How she succeeded Mrs. Chapman Catt as president. Chrystal MacMillan. Languages used at international congresses.

45:00 mins: Her relationship with Mrs Chapman Catt. Nina Boyle. Mrs Fawcett's lack of interest in international politics. Finances of the IWSA. Continuity of the international congress between meetings.

60:00 mins: The London office of the international congress. Liberal nature of international movements. The IWSA's opposition to Fascism. Loss of membership during the 1930s. Lack of women's organisations in the Soviet Union between the world wars. Subgroups within the congress.

75:00 mins: Connections between the international congress and Russia. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Relationship between the IWSA and the Women's International League. IWSA office at Geneva between the world wars. Different activities of the IWSA and the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF). The Open Door Council.

90:00 mins: The Six Point Group. Mrs Spiller and Mrs Bompas. Her friendship with Mrs Bompas. Challenges of attending international congresses and raising a family. Winning the vote for women in Turkey before the Istanbul congress.

105:00 mins: Influence of the IWSA on local movements. Her role as president of the IWSA. Taking her son with her to congresses. Support from her parents for her international political activities. The Cambridge dons' opposition to women's suffrage. Social rules at Newnham College. Clothing style. Frances Sterling.

120:00 mins: Frances Sterling. Women's clubs.
Related Record8SUF/B/006
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 37
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