Leading Women 1868–2018

In 1868, nine women were admitted to the University of London. This was the first time in Britain that women had gained access to university education and this modest event was an immensely significant moment for the University, for women and for society as a whole.

Our Leading Women timeline sits proudly on the ground floor of Senate House, available to the public for viewing. Find information on the images we used to illustrate women's achievements through history, from the 1790s to today. You can scroll along and explore a digital version of our timeline below.


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Watch our campaign video to find out how we celebrated throughout 2018