Joan Vickers: Tape One

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Lady Joan Vickers born in 1907. Early death of mother. Brief spell at boarding school then assumed role of 'mother.' Ran local Girl Guides; trained as children's nurse at Norland Institute. Travelled to Paris. Held Norwood Division of Lambeth seat on London County Council from 1937-1945. War work for Ministry of Housing; in Lisbon with British Red Cross; Indonesia, dealing with released prisoners of war. Colonial Service in Malaya. Work with Government of Malaya re social work. Back to England, 1952-53: beat Michael Foot to Conservative parliamentary seat of Devonport, Devon. Work as MP: women's issues. Chaired 1962 Status of Women Committee (SWC) until 1976; Parliamentary action re Devonport Dockyards; British citizenship for Falklanders in House of Lords. Involved in Jubilee celebration of women's enfranchisement; Thelma Cazelet-Keir. Started demolition of Holloway Prison. SWC, Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Acts. Ordination of women; international women's organisations; Parliamentary commissions re women's rights. Law Commission Report; Chairman of Anglo-Indonesian Society; President of Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries; Corona Society.