Myanmar ladies attending the 1931-2 Burma Roundtable Conference in London
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1931 - 1932

Myanmar ladies attending the 1931-2 Burma Roundtable Conference in London

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Miss May Oung (Daw Mya Sein) attended the 1931-2 Burma Round Table Conference in London. The Governor Sir Charles Innes had first selected 20 delegates from Burma - all men. But under pressure from various women organizations and others, and following a mass rally of Burmese women in Rangoon, he agreed to the inclusion of Miss May Oung.

Educated at Rangoon and Oxford, Daw Mya Sein was then 27 years old. She was the daughter of the renowned Arakanese barrister and nationalist figure U May Oung. She would go on to a distinguished career as a writer, educator, broadcaster, and representative of Burma at the League of Nations and later the United Nations.

At the Burma Round Table Conference she argued for universal suffrage and equal rights regardless of gender, race, or religion. The linked post tells the story of how she came to be invited to the Burma Round Table Conference: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/untoldlives/2015/08/miss-may-oung-at-the-burma-round-table-conference-1931.html

The images below are of (1) Miss May Oung (Daw Mya Sein) (2) The All Burma Round Table Conference and (3) The telegram sent by the All Burma Women's Conference to the Secretary of State for India saying it was an "insult to Burmese womenhood" if Miss May Oung were not included.

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