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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleFairfield, Dr Letitia
Ref No8SUF/B/118
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 24
Date21 Dec 1976
Extent50:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Dr Letitia Fairfield
DescriptionInterview took place at St Stephen's Hospital, Fulham Road, London SW10. Also see interview 8SUF/B/126.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Letitia Fairfield's speeches in local parishes. Emmeline Pankhurst's fears and conflicts around adult suffrage. The development of the principles of suffrage, including a slogan. Appealing to and engaging with working men. Mention of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF). Emmeline Pankhurst's shrewd mind. Letitia Fairfield's political upbringing, her father's influence. Her intimate knowledge of the Dreyfus affair. Militancy and non-militancy.

15:00 mins:
Her response to the criticism that women's suffrage was middle class. Her initial anti-suffrage position at Edinburgh University. Her later membership of Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) when in post as a medical doctor in Manchester. The crucial point of equal pay and status for women. Her admiration of Mary Gawthorpe as a speaker. Her discussions with Emmeline Pankhurst about militancy and the importance to the cause of Letitia Fairfield being a member of the medical profession. Her dislike of Christabel Pankhurst.

30:00 mins:
Sylvia Pankhurst's personality. The problems with tactical violence. The Church League for Women's Suffrage. Her support for the ordination of women. The Actresses' Franchise League. Militancy and anti-militancy. Speaking at the Church Congresses. Claude Hinscliff, her admiration of him and his wife. The relation of the Fabian Women's group to the Women's' Movement.

45:00 mins:
The anti-suffrage stance of doctors and other professions. The hindrances of being a woman doctor. The threat of women to the professions in general.

Background noise is audible throughout.
Related Record8SUF/B/126
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 41
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