Visual Companion: Celebrating 100 Years of Oxford Degrees for Women
Tonight, 100 years to the day after Emily Penrose (Principal 1907-26) and a host of other Somervillians finally received their degrees, we will host a celebration of the centenary of women being admitted to Oxford degrees. The following document serves as a visual companion to that event.
The evening will feature Jane Robinson, an Honorary Associate of Somerville and the noted author of such crackling social histories as Bluestockings and Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders, in conversation with Maya Szaniecki, the Somerville JCR Women’s Officer. Their conversation will be shaped by looking through some of the key archival material created to mark the anniversary by the Somerville College Library, including the wonderful tome that is the Somerville College Log Book.
In these pages, alongside a few other artefacts from the period, Maya and Jane will trace the history of the conferral of degrees upon women from the historic resistance to the idea expressed by eminent Victorians such as Dean Burgon to the increasingly vocal and occasionally sardonic demands from women students that they should be admitted to degrees.
For reference, each picture will have a short description below it and our speakers will aim to refer to each item they are considering so you can have two browsers open during the event, one with their live feed and one with the images.