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Fiftieth anniversary of women's full membership of Cambridge University

A series of events is being planned to take place during 1998, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of women's full membership of the University. The anniversary marks the change in the University's Statutes, approved by Grace on 6 December 1947 and by Order in Council on 27 April 1948, that allowed the first women to be admitted to degrees in the Senate-House later in that year. This change brought about the equality in status for which many women (and men) in Cambridge had long campaigned. The main anniversary events are outlined below. Further details of these and other events associated with the anniversary will be published nearer the time in the Reporter, the University Newsletter, and on the University's website at http://www.cam.ac.uk/.


to mark the occasion of the first admission of women to degrees in the Senate-House
Saturday 4 July 1998

All women who came up to Cambridge (at either Girton or Newnham College) in or before 1948 have been asked whether they would like to attend a special ceremony in the Senate-House to mark the anniversary. The response has been very positive, and approximately 900 women have expressed interest in attending. Three sessions are now planned for the day, one in the morning and two in the afternoon. The day will be a 'scarlet day' and flags will be flown. Volunteers are needed to help in a wide range of activities on the day. For further information, please contact Dr Felicity Hunt, General Board Division, University Offices, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN; tel. 332268; e-mail mfh@admin.cam.ac.uk.


Thursday 24 September 1998

A one-day academic conference is being planned to explore the transformation of higher education since 1900 and the part played in this by women. The conference will set developments in Cambridge against those elsewhere in the UK and in the Western world more generally. Papers will be pre-circulated to allow maximum opportunity for discussion. For further information and a registration form, please contact Carol Barker, Press and Publications Office, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN; tel. 332300; e-mail cb242@cam.ac.uk.


A photographic portrait exhibition

In association with the anniversary it is planned to hold an exhibition of commissioned photographic portraits of Cambridge women. These will represent five generations, from those who were at Cambridge in the early 1900s to current students. It is intended to include academics, actresses, business leaders, civil servants, full-time mothers, lawyers, and representatives of many other professions, both the famous and the unknown. The exhibition will illustrate the influence that Cambridge women have had on the country and on the international scene. This exhibition will be inaugurated with a special literary evening on Friday, 25 September 1998, at Kettle's Yard. Following this opening, it is hoped that the exhibition will be displayed in several other venues.


(Cambridge Alumni Magazine)
June 1998 issue

The summer issue of CAM will focus on women at Cambridge. A number of past and present Cambridge women will be profiled, and matters currently affecting women at Cambridge will be addressed. The issue will also include an article on the history of the campaign to admit women to degrees at Cambridge.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 3rd December 1997
Copyright © 1997 The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge.