Amy Bush: Tape One

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Amy Bush born in 1905 in Battersea, London. Father: former Grenadier Guard. Childhood, education and family. Teacher-training college re biology; suffragette movement. Taught in Hospital School in Carshalton; St. Mary Abbotts Church of England School, London. 1931: forced to leave teaching - marriage bar. After four years of marriage, taught in Christ Church School, Chelsea. Second World War: war work. Surrey Lane School, Battersea. Served as Head Teacher at Wyvil Infant School, Lambeth. Joined Labour Party, 1943. Influence of Ellen Wilkinson: 'The Town That Was Murdered.' Elected as Labour candidate for Wandsworth County Council (WCC), 1945. Chairman of Public Health Committee; Chairman of Libraries Committee. Links with Women's Freedom League (WFL) and 'The Bulletin'; libraries for prisons. The Fawcett Library and lobbying Parliament. Equal compensation arranged via Fire Brigade Union. Amy Bush as Mayor of WCC, 1964-1965. Husband's work; shared interests. Separating work and politics. Joined National Society of Women's Citizenship - President, Josephine Carter; WFL; on Board of International Alliance of Women (IAW): Dame Margery Corbett-Ashby - founder of Townswomen's Guild. Chaired Educational Commission, Alliance Board. Demise WFL; growth of Fawcett Society. Retired from local government, 1965. Links with Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and Chair of Governors of South Thames College.