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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCorbett-Ashby, Dame Margery
Ref No8SUF/B/116
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 24
Date23 Nov 1976
Extent116a - 72:41 mins, 116b - 31:09 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margery Corbett Ashby
DescriptionInterview took place at the University Women's Club. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/003, 8SUF/B/004, 8SUF/B/006, 8SUF/B/106, 8SUF/B/127, 8SUF/B/200.

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/116a and 8SUF/B/116b.

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/116a:

0:00 mins: Role of class in the women's suffrage movement. Importance of the middle class in the movement. Role of the aristocracy. Lady Frances Balfour. Branches of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Decline of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies between the world wars. The Townswomen's Guilds. Eva Hubback.

15:00 mins: The Women's Institutes and the Townswomen's Guilds. The first president of the Townswomen's Guilds, Lady Colville . Eva Hubback and Eleanor Rathbone. The formation of the Townswomen's Guilds. How she balanced her work as president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and president of the Townswomen's Guilds. Her disagreements with Chrystal Macmillan.

30:00 mins: Relationship between the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and suffrage organisations in the United Kingdom. Protective legislation for women workers. Birth control. Women in the church. International Women's Suffrage Alliance congress in Paris. Rejecting membership of a radical American feminist organisation. The Women's Freedom League. Lady Rhondda. Lady Stocks. Clara Rackham.

45:00 mins: Her mother's skill as a speaker. Clara Rackham. The British Commonwealth League's relationship with the International Women's Suffrage Alliance and the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. The importance of Women's Clubs. Promoting women's rights at the 1919 Peace Conference at Versailles. Meeting with Woodrow Wilson at the conference. Meeting with International Labour Organisation (ILO) leadership at the conference.

60:00 mins: The International Women's Suffrage Alliance office in Geneva. International Woman Suffrage Alliance and the League of Nations. International Women's Suffrage Alliance opposition to Fascism. Maintaining contact with women in Fascist countries. Coordinating efforts of different international women's organisations. The importance of marriage for girls.

Sound quality is poor for the first 1:40

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/116b:
0:00 mins: International Women's Suffrage Alliance between congresses. Influence of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance. Finances of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance. Cooperation between women's organisations. What she could have done if elected to Parliament. Ray Strachey and Lady Astor.

15:00 mins: Lady Astor in the House of Commons. Ray Strachey's personality and work behind the scenes in the women's movement. Her accomplishments as president of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance. Stopping the sale of Muslim Cypriot girls. Improving social conditions in Cologne, Germany, after World War II. Obstacles created by Communism after the Second World War. The Democratic Federation of Women. Decline of internationalism.

30:00 mins: Lack of success of Liberalism in the 20th century.
Related Record8SUF/B/003
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 40
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