Episode 16: Women in 1920s London(From Cowgirl to Congress)

In this episode, Hazel Baker (London Tour Guide) interviewed Mila Johansen about her grandmother on the front lines of the suffrage movement who lived in London for several years making friends with Lady Astor and rubbing shoulders with Winston Churchill, George Bernard Show and Emmeline Pankhurst. 

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Hazel Baker: Hello and welcome to our London history podcast where we share our love of London, its people, places and history. In 20 minute espresso shot episodes served with a dash of personality. I am Hazel Baker, a qualified London tour guide and CEO of London Guided Walks providing private tours, treasure hunts, and live London quizzes to Londoners and visitors alike.

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Joining me from across the pond is author Mila Johansen. Very excited to talk about her latest book  Cowgirl to Congress. And this is all about her dear grandmother, Jessie, and her time in England, who was very good friends with Lady Astor and knew George Bernard Shaw and HG Wells. So Mila, this project has been really fascinating, understanding your grandmother's a world in which she lived both in the States and then again in London.

What we discuss:

  • How did this project come about?
  • Have you been round Lady Astor's house?
  • It says that your grandmother describes us Brits as shy and modest and badly dressed. Why is that?
  • Who's James Barry?
  • Parties and dresses in the 1920s
  • What has been your life lesson with reading these letters and learning more about your grandmother?

Hazel Baker: Excellent. I think we can learn so much from history. If we know where we've been, we know where we're going.

Mila Johansen: I wish more people knew that. Yes.

Hazel Baker:  If you've enjoyed this episode, then please do take a few moments and leave a review. It is very much appreciated. Thanks again, and see you next time.

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