I sit in front of the computer most of the day listening to interviews online from the parliamentary website and its women’s history lectures.
One is by Mari Takayanagi, about women who have lived and worked in Parliament, and another by historian Jill Liddington. Jill had asked me to let her know what I thought of her interview about what happened on the night of the census.
This was part of my email reply to her:
‘I watched the interview as you suggested yesterday. What really came home to me was how opting out of the census was not a simple decision for women, and that each women had to unpick and weigh up several strands of information to make up her own mind where she stood. Our collective notion of history washes away the personal and moral struggle within each person’s life. I am seeing this time and again in all the ways in which the media has portrayed the movement. I liked your statement at the end: What would you do? I wondered all day.’