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The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VIII: The Twentieth Century$
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Brian Harrison

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229742.001.0001

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(p.344) (p.345) 13 Women
The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VIII: The Twentieth Century

Janet Howarth

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines female students at Oxford during the period from 1914 to 1970. The introduction of women students to Oxford had come about as a result of the work of mid-Victorian dons towards extending the university. They were mostly husbands and fathers of women who shared their interest in providing higher education for teachers and access to the world of learning for women. The case for increasing the proportion of women at Oxford was justified from the 1950s to the 1970s by the success of women's colleges in achieving a higher proportion of second-class degrees than the men's colleges.

Keywords:   Oxford, women students, women's colleges, second-class degrees, higher education

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