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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCorbett-Ashby, Dame Margery
Ref No8SUF/B/127
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 26
Date21 Feb 1977
Extent127a - 52:11 mins, 127b - 54:21 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margery Corbett Ashby
DescriptionInterview took place at Wickens, Horsted Keynes, Sussex RH17 7BT. Also see interviews 8SUF/B/003, 8SUF/B/004, 8SUF/B/006, 8SUF/B/106, 8SUF/B/116, 8SUF/B/200. Interview is in two parts 8SUF/B/127a and 8SUF/B/127b.

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/127a:
0:00 mins:
Her early experiences with Liberalism and political campaigns. Bitterness in British politics in the early 1900s. Campaigning for her father in 1906. Her father's win in the 1906 election. The political society at Newnham College. Her early involvement with the Liberal party and the Women's Liberal Federation.

15:00 mins:
The Women's Liberal Federation's role in the Liberal Party. Difference between the Women's Liberal Federation and the Primrose League. Local branches of the Women's Liberal Federation. Her experiences as a member of the Women's Liberal Federation. Conflict between her participation in the Women's Liberal Federation and the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Lady Violet Bonham-Carter and Megan Lloyd George and the conflict between their fathers. Adult suffrage. Arguments against adult suffrage.

30:00 mins:
Adult suffrage. Her position in the split within the Liberal Party during the First World War. Lloyd George's talent for winning over hostile audiences. Political meetings. Difficulty of reconciling the adult suffrage movement with the women's suffrage movement. Her campaign for Parliament in Birmingham. Lack of expectation of winning a seat.

45:00 mins:
Conflicts between a political career and family life. Women in Parliament. Her election campaign in Richmond. The Yellow Book.

Interview summary, 8SUF/B/127b:

0:00 mins:
The Yellow Book. Her role in creating the Yellow Book. Her central role within the Liberal Party and qualifications for a seat in Parliament. How failing to win a seat enabled her to be more involved in international political movements. Her distaste for the Labour Party's emphasis on class. Standing for Parliament in Hendon. Support of an unnamed free church leader. The Anglican Church. Openness of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance to all political parties. Her support of Beveridge in 1944.

15:00 mins:
1944 by-election. Political corruption in Bury St Edmunds. Her husband's work during the Second World War. Her husband's family and his early life. How her husband became a liberal. Her husband's career as a barrister. Her household servants between the world wars.

30:00 mins:
Her political career after the Second World War. Participation in the International Woman Suffrage Alliance since the Second World War. The Danehill Women's Institute. Her involvement in other local affairs in Sussex. Lady Carlisle. Knowing when to resign from office. Her feelings about Sussex.

45:00 mins:
Supporting local Liberal Party activities. Why she resigned as president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Major accomplishments in her career: winning women's suffrage in Turkey, stopping human trafficking from Cyprus, raising the age of marriage, and registering nurses. Ability of women to organise.
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 45
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