Women Making History | University of Oxford
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Women at Oxford: 100 years of Oxford degrees for women

Women Making History

Women Making History celebrates women’s contribution to scholarship and to progressive change at Oxford, 100 years since the first women were awarded degrees at Oxford in 1920.

This is a landmark year in the history of Oxford University; in October, we mark a century since the first women collected their degrees in the Sheldonian Theatre. To mark this centenary and celebrate the contribution of women to Oxford, we are launching Women Making History: 100 years of Oxford degrees for women. The centenary provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress in promoting women’s education and advancing gender equality and diversity. 


Women Making History will shine a spotlight on the diverse women who have contributed to Oxford, as well as the women who are shaping its future today. In the coming months, we will explore stories of Oxford women as scholars, students, researchers, academics, clinicians, technicians, librarians, archivists, activists, artists and much more. If you have a story about an Oxford woman that you think should be told, please join the conversation by using the hashtag #womenatoxford.


Colleges and departments across Oxford will hold centenary events reflecting on as well as celebrating the history of women at Oxford, exploring the present and future challenges for women’s education, gender equality and diversity, and celebrating Oxford women. Centenary activities and events range from a conference to exhibitions, the launch of a digital archive on women at Oxford to public lectures, seminars and walking tours.

Centenary events will be listed together here and on the University’s main event listings; we will be adding guidance for submission in the coming weeks. We invite departments, colleges and students that are planning centenary related events to use the ‘Women Making History’ name and branding to showcase their events. If you have any questions about event listings, please email the Information Office.

Diversity Fund call

To mark the centenary and galvanise change, the University Diversity Fund is opening an early, targeted call, for initiatives that recognise, celebrate and promote the diversity of women’s scholarship and wider contributions; and further our gender equality and diversity goals. To tackle some key challenges, and shape our future vision, we welcome new energy and ideas. The call will be open to applications from all academic departments, as well as from UAS and GLAM departments and to students that have sponsorship of an academic department. Full details of the call are available on the Diversity Fund webpage