Papers of Ethel Watts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of files on the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (1948-1953), Royal Commission on Taxation (1944-1960), Women's superannuation (1947-1950), the Institute of Chartered Accountants (undated.), equal pay (undated.) and the Fawcett Society (undated.); private correspondence including letters from Philippa Strachey (1928-1961).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ethel Watts (fl.1920-1960) was active in the movement to secure equality for women from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was involved with the London and National Society for Women's Service since at least the 1920s, became Chair of the Junior Council in the mid-twenties and then the Chair of the Executive Committee, taking over from Mrs Kinnell when she retired. Her special interests were wide and ranged over the issues of superannuation paid by women, the taxation of married women, the marriage bar in the Civil Service and the general area of accountancy. She continued this work when it became the Fawcett Society and offered her services as an accountant to this and other organisations with which she had links.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Unknown. Deposited before the material was listed c.1974. [Fawcett Library Accession Registers to be checked]

Other Finding Aids

Fawcett Library Catalogue.

Related Material

The papers of the London and National Society for Women's Service are held by the Women's Library (2LSW).

Corporate Names