Admission of women to the foreign service

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Admission of women to the foreign service

Eden explained at a Cabinet meeting in March 1945 that he had said in 1942 that he would consider appointing a Committee after the war to look at the admission of women to the Foreign Service. However, he had now been told that if this question was deferred it would mean that women, who had served in the war, would be debarred from competing in the reconstruction examinations. He therefore proposed that a committee should be appointed immediately.  The Cabinet went on to discuss the problems of employing women – for example, whether women would be able to continue in the Service after marriage, particularly if they married foreigners:

P.M.  

I didn´t like idea of their entering Parlt. but it turned out better than
I feared.  Concede the theory & you have no trouble in practice…
  …You can use women in AA. batteries:  why not in Foreign Service.

D.O.  

Much in the marriage point.
Unless you pick unmarriageable ones either they marry
a) foreigner
b) someone else in foreign service:  v. gt. diffies in posting
c) some other B. man who becomes a Prince Consort!

P.M. 

Anything in law to prevent a woman becoming a Judge?…

W.M.(45)33rd Meeting held on 19 March 1945.