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Women at Oxford: 100 years of Oxford degrees for women
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.

The year 2020 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 have launched 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.

October 1920: the first degrees

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the formal admission of women at Oxford University. Find out more about this milestone, and what it means in the context of the University's overall history:

History of women at Oxford

Women at Oxford today


Visit our dedicated Centenary Events page to see a full list of events taking place at Oxford throughout the year.  

Get involved

Women Making History is shining 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 and share 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 get in touch at centenarycomms@admin.ox.ac.uk or join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WomenatOxford.