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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWright, Dr Helena
Ref No8SUF/B/149
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 31
Date24 Apr 1977
Extent149a - 78:14 mins, 149b - 51:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Dr Helena Wright
DescriptionInterview took place at Brudenell House, Quainton, Bucks. Also see interview 8SUF/B/130.

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/149a and 8SUF/B/149b.

Interview summary:
How far Dr W's later career flows naturally from her missionary experience. Her lack of involvement in early life with organised feminism. Her two first meetings with Marie Stopes. Her experience in China does not stir her interest in birth control. Major period of growth for British birth control movement is in the late 1940s, and in the 1930s the international dimension of this is relatively small. Importance of Margaret Sanger's 1930 Zurich conference on birth control. Her need for tact in helping the international aspect of the British birth control movement to get launched in the late 1940s. Vera Houghton. The Cheltenham conference, 1948. The Stockholm conference, 1950. Importance of Pip Blacker at this early stage in the IPPF. Distance of these developments from the feminist movement. How the IPPF spread its ideas in India, Dr W giving practical demonstrations. The Tokyo conference, and its great success. British birth-controllers' aim in 1930s primarily to influence government, and to base the organisation on expert medical guidance. Getting the movement launched in Poland in the 1950s. Dr W's father and his Polish family background. How her parents met. Her Anglo-Polish childhood. Dr W's education. Her parents' divorce. The British birth control movement's pioneering of effective birth control technique in the 1930s. Their failure to make money thereby. Difficulties presented by the husband for clients at Telford Road clinic. The client's frequent distaste for sexual intercourse. How the clinics in working-class areas in the 1930s were financed. Her unsuccessful efforts the alert the Second World War authorities to the need for combating unwanted pregnancy among women war workers. Dr W's ignorance of the rubber shops in Kensington between the wars, and her lack of contact with back-street abortionists there. Dr W's humanitarian, rather than feminist, inspiration.
Related Record8SUF/B/130
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 55
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