Early women law students at Cambridge and Oxford
Auchmuty, R. (2008) Early women law students at Cambridge and Oxford. Journal of Legal History, 29 (1). pp. 63-97. ISSN 0144-0365
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This article examines the hitherto neglected history of the twelve women who studied law at Cambridge and Oxford in the years up to 1900. It concludes that the reason why so little has been written about them is, first, because women's experience has been routinely ignored in accounts of legal education ( and in history generally) and, second, because their entry to the university law schools was accomplished with very little fuss or opposition. This in turn was due not only to the fact that the law professors were generally sympathetic to higher education for women but also because the women themselves did not challenge university traditions or the men's curriculum.