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Deputation of women

The Coalition government replaced the Labour Party's Women's Emancipation Bill with its own less radical Sex Disqualification (Removal) Bill in July 1919. On 29 July Pippa Strachey wrote from the London Society for Women's Service on behalf of a number of women's organisations, to ask Andrew Bonar Law (Conservative leader and Lord Privy Seal) to receive a deputation about Clause 1 (a) of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Bill. This clause allowed regulations to be made prescribing the mode of admission of women to the Civil Service, effectively allowing the Civil Service to maintain the marriage bar (forcing women to resign their jobs on marriage) and restrict women from entering the foreign and diplomatic service. The deputation, with heavy representation from women's civil service organisations, was received on 11 August. Their arguments were largely unsuccessful, however, and the clause remained.