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Cornelia SorabjiIndia's Pioneering Woman Lawyer$
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Suparna Gooptu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678345.001.0001

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The Oxford Days: 1889–93

The Oxford Days: 1889–93

(p.38) The Oxford Days: 1889–93
Cornelia Sorabji

Suparna Gooptu

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This chapter first addresses the entry of women into higher education and professions in England. It specifically deals with Cornelia Sorabji in Somerville Hall, Oxford. When she joined Somerville Hall, she was not sure what course she would pursue. Her Oxford experience proved to be crucial in making her what she was to become. She also did become the first woman to study for the BCL at Oxford, a major landmark in the history of women's entry into higher education. Oxford treated Cornelia as an ‘exception’. She had the privilege of being inducted into the Oxford elite circle from her initial days at the university, and she took pride in this fact. The patronage that Cornelia received at Oxford was largely because of its multiple involvements with the sustenance of the Empire. Moreover, her response to the male bias in Oxford is revealed. Additionally, it covers the new Toryism, authoritarian liberalism and faith in the Empire. Once Cornelia had completed her studies in Oxford, life appeared to be more difficult than she expected.

Keywords:   Cornelia Sorabji, Oxford, Somerville Hall, Toryism, authoritarian liberalism, Empire, higher education

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