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Her Oxford

reviewed by Gillian Sutherland - June 29, 2009

coverTitle: Her Oxford
Author(s): Judy G. Batson
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville
ISBN: 0826516106, Pages: 384, Year: 2008
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The first two women’s colleges wanting to join the University of Oxford, Somerville and Lady Margaret Hall, opened their doors in 1879. Three more societies joined them in the next two decades; but it was not until 1920 that their students became full members of the University. Even then the numbers of women students were restricted, the cap not being finally lifted until 1957; and it was only at the beginning of that decade, the 1950s, that all five colleges became fully self-governing academic corporations. Such an abbreviated thumbnail sketch prompts two questions. Why did it take so long? And why did women persist in wanting to join an institution which appeared so reluctant to let them in? Batson provides some answers to the first, but does not formulate the second, which is a pity, as the two questions and attempts to answer them are not unrelated. Batson’s 18 chapters... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 29, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15700, Date Accessed: 9/23/2021 8:17:18 AM

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  • Gillian Sutherland
    Newnham College, Cambridge
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    GILLIAN SUTHERLAND is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She has written extensively on education in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus latterly on the higher education of women. Her most recent book is Faith, Duty and the Power of Mind. The Cloughs and their Circle 1820-1960, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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