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Cambridge Degrees for Women, 1887-97, 1849 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Davies 13/2

Scope and Contents

A further memorial presented in 1887 for full membership of Cambridge University for women failed. In 1897 a syndicate was appointed to consider full membership. It recommended the admission of women to titular degrees. The recommendation was rejected by 1707 votes to 661. This was reported as 'The largest vote ever taken upon an academic subject within the history of the University'. By 1897 all British universities except Oxford and Cambridge admitted women as members on equal terms with men. It was 1921 before a grace was passed admitting women to titular degrees, and 1948 before women were admitted to full membership of the University of Cambridge. The papers listed here comprise ED's correspondence and reports, memorials and press cuttings on the subject. There is a certain amount of duplication - copies of some individual items will be found in more than one file. The majority of the files listed here deal with the 1887 period: further material on the late 1890s will be found in GCPP Davies 14: University Degrees for Women: Oxford and Cambridge, 1895-97, 1920.


  • 1849 - 1900

Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide scholars and by appointment only.


24 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Date information

DateText: 1849, 1868, 1887-97 and 1900.


Davies, Sarah Emily

Finding aid date

2002-08-14 12:25:08+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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