Pioneering women

Barnes, Josephine (7 of 8). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life

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    Interviewee's home, London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Barnes, Josephine, 1912-1999 (speaker, female)

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    Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: 1954, became first woman consultant at Charing Cross Hospital: responsibilities; President of Staff Club and of Appeal for H. 1964: divorced; became President of Medical Women's Committee; 1965-68, appointed to Todd Commission for two years; travel; 1971-74, involved with Lane Committee re Abortion Act with Honorable Mrs Justice Lane; mentions Warnock Committee re embryo research, in vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination and infertility. Statutary Licensing Authority and Human Embryology Bill: ethics.

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    Obstetrician and gynaecologist. Safer midwifery and women's welfare had been the principal beneficiaries of her career.

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    Dame Josephine Barnes interviewed by Rebecca Abrams: full transcript of the interview

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