Dame Margery Irene Corbett Ashby, (19 April 1882 – 15 May 1981) was a DBE British suffragist, Liberal politician, feminist and internationalist.
Background [ edit ]
She was born at
Danehill, East Sussex, the daughter of Charles Corbett, a barrister who was briefly Liberal MP for East Grinstead and Marie Corbett, herself a Liberal feminist and local councillor in Uckfield. Margery was educated at home. Her German governess was the feminist polymath Lina Eckenstein. Eckenstein was to become her friend and assisted with her work.
She passed the
Classics tripos as a student at Newnham College, Cambridge; but the university did not at that time give degrees to female students. She married lawyer Brian Ashby in 1910. Their only child, a son, Michael Ashby (1914-2004), was a neurologist who gave evidence as an expert witness at the 1957 trial of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.
Political career [ edit ]
With her sister
Cicely and friends, she founded the Younger Suffragists in 1901. After deciding against teaching, she was appointed Secretary of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1907. She served as President of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance from 1923 to 1946. She received an honorary LLD at Mount Holyoke College, USA, in 1937 in recognition of her international work. In 1942 she went on a government propaganda mission to Sweden. 
Ashby was also active in the Liberal Party and had a track record of flying the Liberal flag in some less hopeful constituencies that included 1918
Birmingham Ladywood, 1922 and 1923 Richmond, Surrey, 1924 Watford, 1929 Hendon, and 1935 and 1937 Hemel Hempstead. Finally, she stood as an independent liberal with the backing of  Radical Action at the Bury St Edmunds by-election, 1944. 
Archives [ edit ]
The archives of Margery Corbett Ashby are held at
The Women's Library at the London School of Economics.
Posthumous recognition [ edit ]
Her name and picture (and those of 58 other women's suffrage supporters) are on the
plinth of the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, London, unveiled in 2018.  
Electoral record [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Sybil Oldfield, 'Eckenstein, Lina Dorina Johanna (1857–1931)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, September 2014
Profile, oxforddnb.com; accessed 1 October 2015.
^ Cullen, Pamela V.,
A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams, London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006; ISBN 1-904027-19-9
^ Law, Cheryl.
Women, A Modern Political Dictionary. I.B. Tauris, 200. ISBN 1-86064-502-X
^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
^ Chris Cook,
A Short History of the Liberal Party: 1900 - 2001, pp.268-269
^ Peter Barberis,
Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, p.316
Margaret Corbett Ashby's records ref=7MCA, London School of Economics
"Historic statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett unveiled in Parliament Square". Gov.uk. 24 April 2018 . Retrieved . 24 April 2018
Topping, Alexandra (24 April 2018). "First statue of a woman in Parliament Square unveiled". The Guardian . Retrieved . 24 April 2018
"Millicent Fawcett statue unveiling: the women and men whose names will be on the plinth". iNews . Retrieved . 2018-04-25
^ a b British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
^ a b c d British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
^ a b British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.
External links [ edit ]